IRC in the News
The Obama administration's commitment to take in potentially thousands of Syrian refugees is raising national security concerns among law enforcement officials and some congressional Republicans who fear clandestine radicals could slip into the country among the displaced.
Fleeing civil war in his native Somalia, Liban Ali arrived in San Diego in 2001. He found peace, employment, a better life — and a disturbing mystery.“Soon after our daughter was born, we found that something was wrong with her,” said Ali, 43, a cabdriver who lives in San Diego’s El Cerrito neighborhood. “It was scary.”
These are spirited, grueling and perilous times for those trying to change the world. The risk of a gruesome death while serving humanitarian needs is frighteningly real."It's a conscious choice and has to be a calculated choice," says American aid doctor Pranav Shetty about heading into the world's most dangerous places.
For more than a quarter century, millions of people from Myanmar have been forced to flee political repression, poverty, and ethnic persecution. With nowhere else to turn, many of these refugees settled in Thailand, their neighbor to the southeast.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — When her mother died from Ebola in November, 23-year-old Rebecca Kamara found herself alone, unemployed and hopeless, with a 9-year-old brother to care for. Still, when her landlord offered to give her a pass on rent in exchange for sex, she said no. Then he raped her.
Shakiba Zare, 16, moved to Arbutus with her family three years ago when they fled religious persecution in their home country of Iran. "We are not free because we are not Muslim. So that is why we came here," Shakiba said.It took her family 15 months to go through a lengthy interview process with the United Nations in Turkey before starting a new life in the U.S.
Ukraine's crisis should not blind us to the main conundrum of global affairs today: while the world is more peaceful than it has been for 300 years, when measured by the number of wars between states, the level of disorder is rising. In fact, there is growing anarchy in the world's hotspots.
Nykhor Paul remembers when professional photographers put her in front of the camera for the first time, and wishing they would just slow down. “It was like click, click, click,” she said. “I am just trying to catch my breath,” she told them—but the photographers were already telling her she was going to be a supermodel. Paul’s response: “What is that? Oh, my god, where is my dictionary?”