IRC in the News
Government officials, aid workers and activists from dozens of countries converged on London this week to discuss ways to solve a horrible problem: the tendency of combatants in war and civil strife to commit sexual atrocities.
Many civilians have been caught in the crossfire between government troops and the Islamist insurgency that began this week in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and has since snaked down the Tigris River to within striking distance of Baghdad.
"The International Rescue Committee estimated that at least 500,000 people had fled fighting in Mosul by Wednesday afternoon, leaving a humanitarian crisis in the making as Iraq is already struggling to house 200,000 refugees from the fighting in neighboring Syria."
David Miliband has said he feels a "deep sense of foreboding" about the situation in South Sudan, where conflict erupted last December.
"The International Rescue Committee (IRC) estimates that as many as 1,000 refugees a week are crossing the border into Niger's Diffa region. Four out of five are women and girls. The IRC estimates that if the violence continues in northern Nigeria, up to 100,000 refugees could be living in Diffa by the end of the year."
The IRC's Central African Republic country director, Maggie Fleming, joins BBC World Service.
There are good reasons to be optimistic about Afghanistan. The April elections “surprised quite a lot of people,” the IRC's president, David Miliband, said. “The first round of presidential election went better than people expected. There were remarkable scenes of people queuing to vote, ordinary Afghans wanting to have their voice heard. And two credible candidates emerged for the second round.”