IRC in the News
President of the International Rescue Committee David Miliband talks to Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman about the humanitarian crisis in the Philippines, following Typhoon Haiyan which has affected up to 11 million people.
Britain today pledged £21.6 million to help save females in disaster zones from rape and violence. The money will fund medical kits and improved security — and also prevent destitute women turning to prostitution or “survival sex” during disasters.
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) announced on Wednesday that it would give £21.6 million in new funding to help protect girls and women in emergencies, most of it to be spent in six countries. It said £9 million would go to support DFID programmes with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia, and most of the rest would be divided between projects in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.
The United Nations appealed Tuesday for $301 million in emergency assistance to help millions of people in the Philippines affected by the typhoon that struck on Friday.
The devastation of people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines is painfully clear, and the latest estimate is hard to fathom: Nearly 10 million people appear to have been affected by the storm and its aftermath.
While the world applauds the recent agreement on chemical weapons in Syria as a step toward peace, there is no time for false comfort. For the millions of Syrians who have been uprooted from their homes, the more pressing questions of life and death stem from basic concerns: food, water, shelter and medicine. And with the onset of winter, the challenge to survive grows even more daunting.