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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 George Rupp on July 29, 2011
The United Nations has declared a famine in the Horn of Africa, surprising no one who works in the region. As early as August 2010 there were indications that a crisis loomed. Now more than 3.7 million Somalis, or half of the entire population, are in need of aid. more »
Posted by The IRC on July 28, 2011
Seven-month-old Mihag, cradled in his mother's arms, clings on to life in an IRC hospital in Dadaab, Kenya. When he arrived, little Mihag weighed less than eight pounds -- the AP called him "the frail face of famine." But a day after treatment by IRC doctors he was breastfeeding again, which is a very good sign. more »
Posted by Ned Colt on July 22, 2011
Take a then-and-now look at one of Pakistan's oldest and largest Afghan refugee camps. The IRC's Peter Biro captured stunning images of the camp residents during last year's monsoon floods. This year, a month ahead of monsoon season, Ned Colt visits Azakhel to see what has changed in the past 12 months. more »
Posted by Sophia Jones on July 21, 2011
When Abdallah Ibrahim Jare, his wife Ishan and their four young children set out on foot on the 25-day trek from their home in Somalia to Kenya, Abdallah had no idea of the nightmare that lay ahead of him. Fifteen days into their journey, 30-year-old Ishan died. more »
Posted by Milka Choge on July 20, 2011
Habiba, 29, told me her family was forced to leave because of the insecurity in Somalia and because they had lost livestock they depended on for income to the ongoing drought. In January they had 40 goats but by the end of June only 10 remained. They sold half of them on the way to Dadaab in exchange for money to buy food. more »
Posted by George Rupp on July 20, 2011
In response to increasing displacement caused by the devastating drought in the Horn of Africa and East Africa, we issued a press release and posted a Web special report earlier this month to raise public awareness of the crisis and note the IRC’s response. more »
Posted by Milka Choge on July 19, 2011
I met Madina Aden, a 36-year-old mother of five, with her two sons at the mobile clinic run by the IRC on the outskirts of the Hagadera refugee camp in northwestern Kenya. We were treating newly arrived refugees -- families who had fled drought and insecurity in neighboring Somalia. more »
Posted by Sophia Jones on July 15, 2011
Fatuma, 25, arrived in Dadaab refugee camp four days ago by car with her mother and her five children. The young widow gave birth to her baby girl, Shire, on her way here. The family arrived without luggage -- it was stolen from the parked car late one night as they slept. more »
Posted by Renata Rendón on July 15, 2011
Pakistan is now at the start of the annual monsoon season, and there are concerns as to whether the country is prepared. In late June, the United Nations reported that as many as 5 million people could be displaced by flooding this year. more »
Posted by Peter Biro on July 14, 2011
I took these photographs of actress and IRC Voice Rashida Jones this week as she was visiting the Tham Hin refugee camp in Thailand. The camp’s residents have fled war and upheaval in Myanmar and have lived in the camp for years, or in some cases, decades. more »

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