IRC in the News
There’s little evidence that refugees, once resettled abroad, are a threat. In the U.S., “refugees undergo the most strenuous background checks of any immigrant population,” says J.D. McCrary, executive director of the International Rescue Committee.
Of San Diego county's 5,732 farms, almost 27% are owned by women. We talked with four of them—each very different in age, ethnicity, crops and experience. What they have in common is an absolute dedication to the land that gives them the determination to make it work, no matter the obstacles.
The brutal conflict in Syria, which has entered its fifth year, is a true horror. The death, destruction and displacement, now extended into Iraq, constitute the defining humanitarian crisis of this century so far. Yet it appears that the world has become desensitized to the mounting human misery.
Fighting in east Ukraine has interfered with water treatment, producing a foul stench from the taps that aid workers say could bring health risks. "The water has gone bad," said Raisa Prilipko, head of a Donetsk orphanage that gives shelter to 21 pre-school children. "We remove sediment and boil water, we filter it to minimize any risks to the children's' health."
In the span of a single week at the end of August, Makavi Dulleh lost 19 of her relatives to the Ebola virus. It overtook her family as suddenly as it had engulfed Liberia — as one member was carted away to a hospital, it seemed another would instantly fall sick.
The lights are going out over Syria as the country’s infrastructure has been destroyed in four years of bloody conflict, a new report from China says. Using satellite imaging from before the start of the civil war and today, scientists at Wuhan University in eastern Hubei province said the country had been plunged into darkness.
Syrian refugee Umeyma gingerly steps out of a hospital in Gaziantep cradling her newborn son, Zakaria, in a wool blanket. The joy of granting the gift of life to her seventh child eclipses the strain of giving birth in an alien land, among doctors and nurses she cannot understand.