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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 Anne C. Richard on August 11, 2011
On August 3, the first-ever Refugee Congress held in the United States took place in Washington, D.C. The event was the brainchild of the UN Refugee Agency's (UNHCR's) Washington office. The IRC was one of several private agencies that stepped forward in support -- I was invited to attend as an observer. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on August 10, 2011
Yesterday CBS Evening News and Scott Pelley visited a hospital for the children of the Somali famine run by the IRC. IRC doctor Humphrey Musyoka told them that the treatment is often simple - fortified milk or nutrition through a feeding tube. "These children that we've seen in the hospital that look so critical, you can save them," Pelley said. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 5, 2011
More than 1,300 refugees fleeing drought and famine in southern Somalia are arriving every day in the already overcrowded Dadaab refugee camp near the Kenya-Somalia border. Under such conditions infectious disease can spread quickly. The IRC's Peter Biro followed along and filmed as an IRC medical team vaccinated refugee children against polio and measles. more »
Posted by Peter Biro on August 3, 2011
While traveling with an IRC medical team that is vaccinating refugee children against polio and measles, I had a chance to get a sense of what life is like for the inhabitants of Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp. more »
Posted by Euan Robinson on August 2, 2011
Euan Robinson, IRC-UK policy officer, recently visited Sindh province in Pakistan, one of the regions hit the worst by last year’s floods. more »
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 »

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