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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 July 10, 2012
As the violence intensifies in Syria, civilians are forced to endure the punishing bombings and raids or flee their homes seeking safety across the border. In a recent interview the IRC's Bob Kitchen said, “It’s considered safer in Iraq these days than Syria. That gives you an idea of how bad things are.” more »
Posted by The IRC on July 9, 2012
Decades of civil war and neglect have burdened South Sudan with one of the highest incidences of maternal death globally. Meanwhile, renewed fighting on the border with Sudan has forced 150,000 refugees into camps in the south. more »
Posted by Peter Biro on July 6, 2012
Ripping up clouds of red dust, the IRC ambulance flies along the potholed roads leading to the South Sudanese town of Aweil. Inside, 19-year-old Arek Mawien lies on a stretcher grimacing in pain as she struggles to give birth to her first baby. more »
Posted by The IRC on July 6, 2012
Germaine, a refugee from war-torn Republic of Congo, and her family were resettled by the IRC in Abilene, Texas, in 2007. With the goal of becoming a U.S. citizen, Germaine has enrolled in an IRC citizenship education program, studying English as a second language and American civics. more »
Posted by Peter Biro on July 6, 2012
Decades of civil war and neglect left South Sudan one of the poorest and most undeveloped countries in the world. The IRC is providing health care, clean water and other assistance to South Sudanese who are returning home to rebuild their villages. more »
Posted by Sue Dwyer on July 5, 2012
In Jordan, I visited IRC health clinics in Ramtha and Mafraq, cities close to the Syrian border, and met with three Syrian women who fled to Jordan after their husbands were killed and their dwellings outside of Homs destroyed. more »
Posted by The IRC on July 4, 2012
Congratulations to Yussuf Yussuf, a refugee from Somalia who is fulfilling his dream of becoming a U.S. citizen on July 4. He'll join 85 other people on the steps of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello today to take the oath of citizenship. more »
Posted by Sam Duerden on July 3, 2012
Amid the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan it can be extremely difficult to accurately assess humanitarian needs. Learn how mapping and other information-gathering tools aid the IRC in our emergency relief work. more »
Posted by Ned Colt on July 3, 2012
A record number of Syrian refugees crossed into Jordan this week. While it's uncertain what prompted the spike in crossings, with the crumbling of a U.N. brokered ceasefire and a following upsurge in violence, the security situation in Syria is deteriorating. more »
Posted by Ned Colt on June 29, 2012
They cross the open desert in a single file, sometimes well over a hundred Syrians in a single group. The darker the night, the safer they are from Assad's border guards. more »