IRC in the News
With winter around the corner, aid organizations in Lebanon are scrambling to prepare Syrian refugees for the icy, wet months ahead, but with more people continuing to stream over the border and a chronic lack of funding, they face an uphill battle. “This is a priority and it’s absolutely necessary,” UNHCR spokesperson Dana Sleiman told The Daily Star. “We saw this last year, and we know how difficult it is for refugees.”
Two days ago, we published a piece on how funders had dropped the ball on Syria. Yesterday, Hamdi Ulukaya pledged $2 million to the UNHCR and IRC the aid Syrian refugees, making us feel somewhat better. It's the biggest gift we know of to alleviate human misery around Syria's borders on a scale hard to fathom.
UK’s former foreign secretary visits Sierra Leone capital Freetown and says treatment alone will not stop death toll.
Americans are focused on our country's efforts to treat ebola patients once they've reached the United States. But the way to roll back the spread of Ebola is to stop it at its roots, and that means West Africa.
The sudden reversal of policy, which now favours interrogation of West African arrivals, owes more to Dracula-at-Whitby fears than to solid proof.
The Middle East is in turmoil, beset by ethnic, religious and sectarian conflicts that together have created one of the gravest global humanitarian crises since World War II. And once again a US-led military coalition is dropping bombs in the region.
Speaking on a visit to Freetown, former foreign secretary David Miliband, who is now head of the International Rescue Committee, told the Guardian that this was a crucial moment in the spreading of Ebola and that treatment alone wouldn’t stop the rising death toll.