IRC in the News
There are ways to protect children in emergencies. Evidence repeatedly showsthat protecting children in humanitarian action saves lives, both immediately and in the long-term.
Ebola’s reputation is fearsome. Its horrifying symptoms, quick human-to-human transmission, and exotic locale seem ready-made for a thriller movie. Indeed, in the midst of the largest Ebola virus outbreak ever, a real-time script is emerging.
When Boko Haram strikes, it has the effect of a forest fire, driving every living thing before it in a panicked stampede. And as with forest fires, there is sometimes little warning the Nigerian terrorist group is coming.
"There are more people needing help, because old wars from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Somalia are continuing, while new wars in Syria, Iraq and South Sudan are starting," reflects David Miliband, Britain's former Foreign Secretary who now heads the International Rescue Committee, a relief charity.
HIn the world of emergency responses, cash is the new king. After decades of building vast logistical operations to deliver food, tarpaulins, tents and other supplies to disaster zones increasingly relief agencies have begun to accept that sometimes what the victims really need is just a bit of cash.