IRC in the News
Coping with cyclical droughts has become a way of life for millions of Somalis. If water is not readily available, families often spend a large portion of their income on purchasing it, taking away from a meager stock of funds that would otherwise have gone for spending on food and other essentials.
Exactly 10 years ago, he was a draftee in Saddam Hussein’s army stationed in Basra when he heard a radio broadcast announcing the U.S. invasion. He left his uniform and weapon behind and walked all the way home to Baghdad, where he later became a translator for the U.S. Army.
In his first 48 hours in the Bronx, Omar al-Mashhadani caught a few echoes of the life that he and his family had left behind in Baghdad. Thousands of people were swarming along 161st Street, toward the hulking stadium on the other side of the El on River Avenue.
In 2003 Saddam Hussein was said to have weapons of mass destruction. There were hints he was tied to September 11th. Eighty percent of Americans supported the U.S. invasion. Ten years later 58 percent say it was not worth years of unexpected combat, more than $2 trillion, and the deaths of 4,500 Americans and more than 100,000 Iraqis. Today we'll focus on the human consequences.
For thousands of children around the world reunited, finally, with their parents after months or years kept apart by disaster, what we call Mother's Day will be a special cause for celebration.
Newly arrived refugees in the United States experience a much different welcome than that of immigrants. Rather than choosing to leave, they flee crises like famine, war and political prosecution in their own countries in search of a better life here.
Young Syrian women are agreeing to marry to ease the financial burden on their parents of caring for them, humanitarian groups say.