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Every day, IRC humanitarian workers are rescuing lives. Here, they offer a glimpse of their experiences, the challenges they face and the courageous people they meet by sharing videos, photos and stories.

Posted by The IRC on August 22, 2014
The IRC's Ropak Shaban shares the story of Fatima, 19, who went into labor at a mosque in Dohuk. She fled her home in Mosul after the city was attacked by militants. She was afraid the local government would send her back to her village if she went to a hospital or clinic. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 19, 2014
World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity to celebrate the humanitarian spirit and commemorate those who risk their lives helping others uprooted by conflict and natural disaster, working in the most difficult conditions on the frontlines of emergencies. Today, the IRC recognizes these brave humanitarians and remembers those who gave their lives while carrying out our mission. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 19, 2014
Meet one of the IRC’s many humanitarian heroes: Mahab Madani. Madani works for the IRC's protection programs that provide legal information and services to people affected by conflict. She says, "there is a feeling that what we are doing is contributing to making the world a better place." more »
Posted by The IRC on August 19, 2014
The Ebola outbreak devastating western Africa has presented daunting challenges to Liberia, Sierra Leone and surrounding countries, most of which have severely limited resources to fight the scourge. Since March, the IRC has been assisting Liberia’s ministry of health county health team in Lofa with its response to the crisis. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 18, 2014
The IRC has joined the 500 Day Countdown for Global Education campaign which calls for world leaders to ensure every child's basic right to go to school and learn. The IRC pledged to help make education for every child a global priority by the end of 2015. more »
Posted by Kulsoom Rizvi on August 16, 2014
More than half a million Iraqis have fled the violence of Islamic State militants since early June, many of them heading for refugee camps in Syria. The IRC's Rachel Unkovic kept an audio diary of her experiences at the Newrooz refugee camp in northern Syria which has now between 10,000 to 12,000 people. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 15, 2014
As an Ebola outbreak surges through West Africa, IRC staff and community health workers are working to educate people on how to stop the spread of the virus. We're also bolstering local health systems with medical staff, protective gear and logistical support. more »
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Posted by Kulsoom Rizvi on August 13, 2014
Rachel Unkovic, who is part of the IRC’s emergency response team in Iraq, shared photos of Iraqi families who found shelter in a school after they escaped from the Sinar Mountains in northern Iraq. Families spent a week hiding from militants without water or food. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 12, 2014
The IRC is working to strengthen the network of health care workers in Somalia to better protect survivors of sexual assault. Specially trained health staff is critical in a country where women and girls face challenging conditions due to the widespread violence, insecurity and displacement caused by two decades of conflict. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 11, 2014
The IRC's Rachel Unkovic writes about the dire situation of tens of thousands of Iraqi women, children and men fleeing the violence of Islamic State militants. "I’ll never forget the big eyes of the kids staring at us from the back seats of the cars, exhausted and scared," she says. more »

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