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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 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 10, 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 »
Posted by The IRC on October 2, 2012
As part of Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, actress Eva Mendes visited the IRC-supported Girls With a Future program in Freetown, Sierra Leone. more »
Posted by Sophia Jones on October 2, 2012
IRC medical staff members have been treating cases of cholera since mid-September in Hagadera refugee camp, part of the massive Dadaab refugee complex in northeastern Kenya. more »
Posted by The IRC on October 1, 2012
Agnes Libbi Smith lost her father during the civil war in Sierra Leone and her mother when she was 13 years old. Agnes was physically abused and raped by a teacher who promised her an education. She found help from the IRC. more »
Posted by The IRC on October 1, 2012
Have you watched all five episodes of "New Roots in the Bronx" out so far? The series follows Ah Lun, a refugee from Myanmar, and others as they put down new roots at two IRC-run community gardens and adjust to life in the U.S. more »