IRC in the News
Choosing a Star Student of the Year from the adult education program, which is filled with people determined to overcome an assortment of odds, isn’t easy.
Zahra Habib and Helai Zarif laugh together while learning the words to a popular American children’s exercise song, “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes,” as part of an English learning class led by volunteer teacher Lisa Thompson at the Arcade Library in Sacramento, Calif.
Levy was then president of the International Rescue Committee, and warring orchestras and ballet and opera companies seemed harmless compared with, say, a refugee crisis in Sudan. “Whatever the quarreling was about,” he writes in “They Told Me Not to Take That Job,” “surely life or death was not at stake.”
A historic 52 million people are fleeing conflict worldwide, a trend that will intensify over the next two decades because of climate change, International Rescue Committee chief David Miliband said on Friday.
On a cloudy morning in late May, the wind rustles tall stalks of tawny wheat, and an entire field of plants murmurs softly. Close your eyes and listen to the whispering wheat, and it’s easy to imagine you’re eons away from a small farm off Arizona Avenue in middle of suburban Chandler.