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IRC Press Coverage

March 29, 2016 - 

International Rescue Committee spokeswoman Colleen Ryan said the agency had academic coaches who worked with the schools and families. It also provided counseling and after-school homework.

"When refugees come to the United States, there’s a ramp," said. "And there’s a ramp for communities to, you know, embrace and sort of integrate refugees from new places. But it’s also our experience that over time things work out."


March 29, 2016 - 

The IRC, a nonprofit founded in 1933, helps refugees by providing health care, water and sanitation, education, economic support and protection for women and children. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Mr. Tjossem is the IRC’s regional director for the Horn and East Africa, which includes 10 countries ranging from Ethiopia and Somalia to South Sudan, Burundi and Yemen. The 47-year-old Minnesota native travels at least once a month for work, sometimes more. The IRC has 68 field sites in his region and he has been to most of them.

March 29, 2016 - 

Scenes of chaos awaited thousands of EU staff due to start arriving on the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios on Monday to begin processing asylum seekers under a controversial EU deal to deport them back to Turkey.

The eastern Aegean Islands are struggling to cope with a humanitarian and public order crisis after several international organisations pulled out of refugee camps last week in protest at a scheme they say is inhumane.

The UNHCR, Mecidin Sans Frontiers, the International Rescue Committee, Save the Children and the Norwegian Refugee Council all halted their logistical and aid programmes for refugees on the islands this week, saying that they wanted no part in a system of detention and deportation.

March 29, 2016 - 

The United Nation and many other aid groups, like the International Rescue Committee, protest the deal, saying it goes against international law and forces refugees into prison-like detention centers.

Mireille Cronin Mather with the IRC says these asylum-seekers, including the ones at Idomeni, are now left with very little options.

"We've had a lot of questions about the security and vetting of refugees that are ... allowed to come to the United States by the U.S. government," she said. "What we say is that the atrocities that happened in Brussels last week and in Paris mirror the atrocities that refugees are fleeing in Syria."

Responding to American lawmakers who mistrust the resettlement system, she says refugees go through rigorous background checks.

"We know from having resettled refugees in the U.S. since World War II, that essentially, refugees are the most vetted people who come to the United States," Cronin Mather said.

March 28, 2016 - 

Some 20 months after the Bentiu hospital was attacked, much of the carnage remains. It has been looted many times over. Bullet holes mark the walls and an ambulance that sits beside one of the buildings. Glass and syringes litter the floor. 

Only a mobile clinic run by the International Rescue Committee and a UNICEF child nutrition site were running when Al Jazeera visited, but a maternity ward run by the IOM has just opened. They serve about a tenth of the number of patients the hospital used to. 

One of the doctors who was in the hospital at the time of the attack, and who asked not to be named for fear of reprisal, described what happened.

“The soldiers were running to the hospital, and when they came in, they killed.”

March 28, 2016 - 

According to information provided by Senator Jon Tester from the U.S. State Department, refugees that could be arriving in Missoula this year have been a long time coming. 

U.S. Homeland Security officials say that refugee status is the single most difficult way to enter the United States with the processing of applicants taking close to two years -- and even longer for those coming from Syria.

The State Department contracts with nine agencies that coordinate local resettlement efforts nationwide, with the International Rescue Committee in charge of the office opening in Missoula.

Longtime IRC staff member Bob Johnson says Missoula is a stable place to resettle refugees.