IRC in the News
Crowds gathered Friday afternoon for singing and dancing to celebrate World Refugee Day in downtown Tucson. The same day, the International Rescue Committee released a statement of concern that the federal government plans to divert $94 million from the refugee resettlement fund to relieve the thousands of migrant children held in temporary facilities after crossing the border illegally.
The United Nations on Wednesday upgraded Iraq’s latest crisis to a level 3 humanitarian disaster — its most severe designation — as U.N. officials said they were scrambling to provide water and other essentials while preparing to cope with an estimated 1.5 million displaced people.
Three years after Syrians first rose up against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, more than nine million people in Syria are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, two-thirds of whom are displaced, according to the United Nations.
Humanitarian workers say the mass displacement from Mosul and other parts of Iraq is a crisis. The International Rescue Committee says displaced Iraqis who can't make it to the Kurdish north are sleeping in cars on the side of the road. Many of the displaced walk for days to get to safety.
Insurgents battled government forces Monday in several locations across Iraq, as the United Nations said the insurgents almost certainly had committed war crimes by carrying out “cold-blooded executions” in their drive for power.
“This is a severe and dangerous developing humanitarian emergency,” Nora Love, the Iraq country director of the International Rescue Committee, said Monday.