IRC in the News
Each Wednesday afternoon during the summer, the East Boston Farmers’ Market turns a sleepy pedestrian mall into a buzzing festival of fresh food, uniting the neighborhood’s six-figure earners, hourly workers, and everyone in between. As with this market in Boston, farmers’ markets everywhere have undergone big changes in recent years. Here are five ways these vital spaces are redefining themselves.
More than a year after warring factions reached a cease-fire agreement, Central African Republic (CAR) remains divided, unstable, violent, and on the edge of becoming a “failed state.” Last week, Seleka rebels and a group calling itself Revolution-Justice killed 26 people while fighting over the town of Markounda, Bloomberg reported.
The fighting that began in 2013 has killed more than 6,000 people and left 2.7 million in need of aid, according to the International Rescue Committee (IRC). About 400,000 people are internally displaced, according to Refuges International, and more than a thousand people are still searching for family members, the International Committee of the Red Cross recently announced.
The South Sudan Ministry of Health, in collaboration with UNICEF, held an important technical meeting in Juba from the 23-24 July to discuss integrated management of neonatal and childhood illnesses (IMNCI) and integrated community case management (iCCM) in the country. The meeting was hosted by the Directorate of Primary Health Care from the Ministry of Health.
Militias have taken advantage of the political vacuum in Central African Republic (CAR), engaging in ethnic cleansing towards Muslims in a bid to erase the community from the country, human rights group Amnesty International has said. Amnesty's report comes just days after the International Rescue Committee said CAR "needs a new start, or it will become the case study of a failed state".
“For most people, gardening is just a hobby.For Fatma Bodour, it’s a reminder of her family back in Sudan.Bodour is a refugee who has settled in Tucson.Like millions of other refugees, she fled from her home in the face of war and persecution.Some are from Sudan and others are from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia. They till the soil and remove weeds as part of the New Roots program by the International Rescue Committee, the local branch of a refugee resettlement organization.
Growing concerns over the U.S. Refugee Program have the community of refugees in the Treasure Valley speaking out. A classroom is full of students concentrating on the lesson of the day. These aren't your normal school kids, but adults taking the citizenship class at the International Rescue Committee. Most of them get help from Rabiou Manzo.
"It's important that you have someone - a case manager or a volunteer - to help you navigate the system," said Manzo.
The Central African Republic is geared to become one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time if immediate action is not taken to increase aid to the country, according to the UN.
The Obama administration Department of Justice (DOJ) continues in its refusal to answer critical questions about the $9 billion settlement with French banking giant BNP Paribas (BNP) reached in June of last year. Specifically, DOJ refuses to answer questions about its plans for the $3.84 billion that remains for purposes of restitution to those harmed by the criminal actions of BNP--the vast majority of whom are on the ground in Sudan or in refugee camps in neighboring countries.