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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 Sinziana Demian on October 12, 2012
It is a blazing hot afternoon in Mikenge, a village in the highlands of South Kivu province, when 19-year-old Joyeuse staggers through the gates of the brand new hospital. more »
Posted by The IRC on October 12, 2012
Guess who visited the International Rescue Committee's Bronx New Roots garden on Wednesday? IRC Voice Rashida Jones! (That's malabar spinach she's eyeing.) more »
Posted by Sophia Jones on October 12, 2012
For the past few years, the coastal town of Hobyo in central Somalia made news for all the wrong reasons—hijackings of cargo ships at sea and kidnappings of foreigners on land. Despite the dangers, the IRC launched a primary health care program there this July. more »
Posted by The IRC on October 11, 2012
What’s it like to be a girl growing up in the world's newest nation? Girls we work with in South Sudan answer your questions about their daily lives, their hopes and dreams, and the challenges they face. more »
Posted by The IRC on October 10, 2012
When refugees arrive in the United States, they leave behind everything familiar. For many that also means losing ties to the land and a tradition of growing their own food. In response, the IRC has launched a nationwide program that helps refugees establish community gardens, farmers markets, food pantries and farm-based businesses. more »
Posted by Peter Biro on October 9, 2012
Life in a refugee camp is difficult and fraught with uncertainty. Many refugees must cope with traumatic memories of violence, the loss of loved ones, and the destruction of their homes and property. The IRC helps with intervention and counseling. more »
Posted by Ned Colt on October 9, 2012
In Kyrgyzstan, IRC engineer Aigul Alimbekova and her colleagues are helping to rebuild communities that were ravaged by four days of deadly ethnic riots in 2010. more »
Posted by Sophia Jones on October 5, 2012
A small group of Somali women traveled some 300 miles from the world’s largest refugee camp to Kenya’s bustling capital this week to take part in the Nairobi International Trade Fair. more »
Posted by Rachel Unkovic on October 3, 2012
What was a trickle only months ago is becoming a steady flow. During the first seven months of the year, close to 9,000 refugees crossed into Iraq from Syria. However, since early August, more than twice that number have arrived here. more »
Posted by The IRC on October 3, 2012
There’s nothing like homegrown vegetables from a garden—especially for newly arrived refugees tilling American soil for the first time. The IRC's New Roots program helps refugees in the United States stay connected to the agricultural traditions they’ve brought from their own countries. more »