IRC in the News
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.
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."