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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 December 14, 2011
As the U.S. government withdraws its troops from Iraq, it leaves behind a major crisis in the region—with three million Iraqis displaced and desperate and tens of thousands of others in danger because they worked for the U.S. military. U.S. and coalition governments have a responsibility to help the most vulnerable. more »
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Posted by The IRC on December 14, 2011
While Iraq is full of tragic personal stories, Amal’s is particularly poignant. Widowed soon after the Iran-Iraq war, Amal then lost both her sons to violence. The IRC is helping Amal access the financial assistance she's entitled to. more »
Posted by Semir Tanovic on December 13, 2011
Reflecting on the work of the IRC, what impresses me most is how much my colleagues believe in what we do – in what the IRC stands for. It is not just ‘any old job’ for us, but something more. more »
Posted by The IRC on December 13, 2011
Rescue Gifts on CNN: "Just donating money to a charity can be impersonal ... it's difficult to know where your money actually goes. But charity 'gift catalogs' give people the ability to quantify their donation and give symbolic gifts." more »
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Posted by The IRC on December 13, 2011
Bindya Tamang and her family lived for 15 years in a refugee camp in Nepal, where she helped to put food on the table by growing vegetables. Today she's a member of the IRC's New Roots community garden in the Bronx. more »
Posted by The IRC on December 12, 2011
Women and children wait to be seen at one of two medical facilities run by the IRC in Mogadishu, the battered capital city of war-ravaged Somalia. more »
Posted by The IRC on December 12, 2011
This holiday season, give an IRC Rescue Gift to someone special. $90 can buy a strong lockbox for a village savings and loan association, giving women a secure place to keep the money that will help build stores and stock shelves. more »
Posted by Semir Tanovic on December 12, 2011
I was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina. I grew up there. I started a family there. But I became a refugee overnight. After enduring years of war, my family and I had to leave our homeland when our city fell to Croatian troops. Had we stayed, there is no doubt we would have been killed. more »
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Posted by Shinko Tana on December 11, 2011
I am back in Japan for the first time in five months to meet with the IRC’s three local partners and hear about the progress being made as the northeast slowly recovers from the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami. more »
Posted by The IRC on December 10, 2011
WABC TV reports: "Skip the mall crowds and browse your way to gifts guaranteed to make you feel good — a goat and a garden can feed a family far into the future. International Rescue Committee's Rescue Gifts provides an array of philanthropic options." more »