International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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IRC Press Coverage

October 2, 2015 - 

The Nduta refugee camp in Tanzania has been empty for nearly seven years, but that is set to change next week, when the camp will reopen and welcome thousands of people from Burundi who have fled political violence in recent months.

While the new camp opening will relieve overstretched facilities and resources, the International Rescue Committee has raised a concern of its own. According to the humanitarian organization, the relocated women will have reduced access to reproductive healthcare services and family planning, and will be located nearly 20 miles away from the nearest facility capable of delivering a baby.

"What will happen to them if they have nowhere to go? They need access to reproductive healthcare for well-being, control, and especially survival in times of crisis," said Elijah Okeyo, IRC's country director in Tanzania. "Access to reproductive health care is not only critical to women's survival in a crisis, it is a non-negotiable requisite in any humanitarian response."

October 1, 2015 - 

Students at Friends Meeting School raced down the hall at the end of the school day Wednesday, periodically dropping pinwheels into a box near the school’s entrance.

To the students of the Ijamsville-based Quaker school, the pinwheels meant money – money that could help a child in Syria.

A school-wide fundraiser has been launched to benefit Syrian refugee children, the victims of a civil war that has plagued the western Asian country. Many Syrians have been killed, but these children are fleeing the country to escape the conflict.

The Friends Meeting School campaign partners with an effort by Students Rebuild, a national organization managed by the Bezos Family Foundation. For every pinwheel fashioned by students across the country, the foundation will donate $2 — up to $400,000 — to the International Rescue Committee, said Friends Meeting School’s Charlotte Murphy, a teacher and coordinator of students in pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade.

The IRC, a humanitarian organization, develops “healing classrooms” that provide the youth refugees some normalcy, Murphy said.

October 1, 2015 - 

Former UK Foreign Secretary and International Rescue Committee president David Miliband criticises the United States for not accepting more Syrian refugees, saying it is "not fitting" of its "global leadership role". He says the US should resettle more Syrian refugees.

October 1, 2015 - 

Historically, the U.S. has been on the forefront of providing a sanctuary to refugees, annually resettling more than 50 percent of all refugees resettled in the world. This year 70,000 refugees have been accepted and resettled in our nation, adding to the rich fabric of our communities and allowing stateless families and individuals to once again have hope, dignity and an opportunity to thrive.

October 1, 2015 - 

Dodger talk between Joe and Pat, Senior Media Relations Officer at the International Rescue Committee: Lucy Carrigan joins the show to talk about Syrian refugees,

September 30, 2015 - 

On any given day in Vickery Meadow, you can hear Burmese, Karen and Chin – the languages spoken in Burma. There’s also Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, Swahili – more than two dozen in all.

“I think that it was definitely a challenging time for the community,” Ryan said. “But I also think that it became an opportunity for Vickery Meadow to represent themselves and to really let people know that this is more than just a collection of apartment buildings.”