IRC in the News
Every day the president spends trying to rally support in Congress for a military strike against Syria, an average of 5,000 refugees will flee the country, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). That is about one person every 15 seconds.
Farmers driven off their land in places like Somalia or Bhutan have counted themselves lucky to be alive if they survive in refugee camps, and luckier still if they are resettled in the United States. But the International Rescue Committee, which works with millions of refugees around the world, realized that for many of them, the ties to the soil and to the life it brings are hard to replace.
Dallas claims more English language learners than any school district in Texas. Despite that, state funding cuts forced the district to close its "intake center" for immigrant families two years ago. But just in time for the new school year, which starts Monday, the center has reopened.
Some aid workers are describing Syria as "the humanitarian crisis of this generation." United Nation's agencies are still struggling to get aid to rebel-held areas, and are seeking support in a divided U.N. Security Council.