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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 November 30, 2015
The IRC hopes that Pope Francis’s brief visit to the Central African Republic this week will spotlight the sectarian violence that is preventing assistance from reaching people in urgent need in a war-torn country that rarely makes headlines. more »
Posted by The IRC on November 30, 2015
A new IRC report refutes commonly held beliefs that do more than perpetuate misconceptions about the needs of refugees; by restricting access to family planning, they put women's lives at risk. more »
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Posted by The IRC on November 23, 2015
Reports of escalating political instability inside Burundi are prompting fears of a new exodus of refugees into neighboring countries. Refugee camps in western Tanzania are already stretched near the breaking point, the IRC and five other humanitarian aid agenices warn. more »
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Posted by The IRC on November 20, 2015
Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would restrict the resettlement of Syrians and Iraqis who are fleeing violence and terror. Our latest post on Medium examines four myths that drive such misguided efforts and threaten the safety of vulnerable refugees. more »
Posted by The IRC on November 18, 2015
The United States has long offered refuge to those fleeing persecution and war. Resettlement of refugees of all races, religions and national origins has been one of the success stories of our country. Now is not the time to abandon this proud tradition. The IRC's work and how you can help. more »
Posted by The IRC on November 12, 2015
A growing number of Syrian children sell flowers, shine shoes, or beg on the streets of the Lebanese capital to help their families pay for rent and food. Many of them report being harassed, beaten and sexually abused. “We have nobody to make us feel safe when we are begging,” says one 7 year old. more »
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Posted by The IRC on November 12, 2015
As Sierra Leone marked 42 days without a single case of the deadly Ebola virus on Nov. 7, the IRC warned that more must be done to ensure that outbreaks like Ebola do not happen again. "Now is not the time to let down our guard," said IRC country director Saffea Senessie. more »
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Posted by The IRC on November 12, 2015
The International Rescue Committee is deeply concerned over the safety of unaccompanied children fleeing to Europe. IRC aid workers on the ground have seen up to 50 children a week arriving in Lesbos, Greece without adult relatives. more »
Posted by The IRC on November 11, 2015
The IRC is providing urgently needed relief to refugees as they arrive on the island Lesbos, referring the most vulnerable families to Pikpa camp, a temporary shelter where they can receive additional support. more »
Posted by The IRC on November 6, 2015
When a powerful typhoon — Haiyan — ravaged the Philippines in November 2013, the International Rescue Committee helped local communities rebuild and prepare for the next disaster. The emergency preparedness paid off. more »