IRC in the News
The students and teachers of Holy Cross School in Dover joined the Students Rebuild Healing Classrooms Challenge by participating in a pinwheel-making event in their art classroom.Students in pre-K to eighth grade created 400 pinwheels. Each one included art and a special prayer.
The challenge will help Syrian children from conflict areas recover from crisis. The Bezos Family Foundation will donate $2 for each pinwheel that is mailed in, up to $400,000, to the International Rescue Committee’s Healing Classrooms program.
Former Scottish Labour deputy leader Anas Sarwar drove the ambulances along the coastal road where they will soon provide life-saving treatment not only for refugees but the islanders who have accepted overwhelming numbers to their shores.
He said: “Having been on the ground and seen the terrible state of those coming off the boats, as well as hearing the stories from the aid agencies on the ground, I am clearer than ever that having medical transportation for the refugees is essential. It is going to be life-saving.”
Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war or poverty in the Mideast have been risking their lives to seek asylum in Europe. Most come from Syria and hope to make it to Germany with its booming economy and promise of jobs.
Last month, German Chancellor Angela Merkel surprised the world announcing her country would not stop anyone from seeking asylum. After that, the number of asylum seekers doubled, then tripled. How is Europe dealing with this wave of desperate people? To find out we started where most of the new arrivals first set foot in Europe: the small Greek island of Lesbos.
The ongoing civil conflict in Syria has displaced thousands of Syrians and forced them to flee their homes to traverse across borders, only to be met with backlash and violence. More than 7.6 million have been displaced within Syria’s borders and more than 4 million have fled the country, seeking refuge all over the world, mainly in Europe. The Obama administration has pledged to take in at least 10,000 Syrian refugees for the fiscal year. But despite being one of the world’s wealthiest countries, the United States takes relatively few refugees.
A majority of the USC community is privileged, and as a student body, we can make tremendous efforts to support Syrian refugees in L.A. The best way to help is to donate and, volunteer with committees that directly help the refugees. The International Rescue Committee of Los Angeles helps with refugee resettlement, providing immediate aid, immigration services, education and more.
Gilbert Mungaga and his wife fled Congo, Africa, feeling threatened for their lives. Four years later, Mugana’s family has found a home in Tucson.
“We left many of our family and many of our friends behind. Congo has this problem, they have fighting everyday. Congo doesn’t have any peace. If you have peace for three months, for six months there will be fighting. Everyday the fighting kills people, and we did not feel safe.”
Today, with the support of local volunteers, Mungaga is working on perfecting his English and getting a new job.
Over half a million migrants and refugees have arrived in Greece, most of them fleeing violence in wartorn Syria.
The influx has shown little sign of letting up and has threatened to overwhelm the authorities, particularly on the Greek islands.
On Wednesday, the International Rescue Committee said 16,000 people were stranded on the island of Lesbos owing to a registration bottleneck.
"Food is in short supply, as is access to water, toilets or suitable shelter," the IRC said.
Greece's interior ministry on Thursday said it needed an additional 330 million euros ($375 million) to upgrade registration centres on the islands.