IRC in the News
After more than two decades of civil war, Somalia’s capital is enjoying a sense of relative calm. But Mogadishu is still struggling to recover from the fighting. Compounding the challenge are the tens of thousands of people who have fled south-central Somalia to live in squalid camps in the city.
The UN high commissioner for refugees has warned that the world is standing on the precipice of a global humanitarian crisis, one that the international community is unprepared and ill-equipped to face.
Sitting at the kitchen table in her modest apartment, Jaya Laxchi Rai recounted her family’s journey: fleeing from ethnic persecution in Bhutan, living in a Nepali refugee camp and arriving in the U.S. almost two years ago.
“Gardening in the desert is one great big grand experiment,” Greg Peterson says. The educator and urban farmer is instructing a group of gardening enthusiasts who’ve gathered for a citrus-grafting class at the new Root Phoenix, west of Piestewa Peak.
Some of Tucson's newest residents now can pedal to work, the grocery store and school thanks to two University of Arizona student groups that collected donated bicycles and gear to political refugees.
The two-year civil war in Syria that killed 70,000 people and made refugees of more than 1 million people, hit close to home for one family in Tucson.