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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 Vanessa Pirandello on April 15, 2011
As a former food writer and restaurant reviewer, IRC volunteer Kathryn Kurtz had the opportunity to dine in countless five-star restaurants around the world. "Writing about food is great," Kathryn says, "but there are a lot of other more serious things going on in the world and I needed a balance. Working with refugees provided that balance." more »
Posted by Rebecca Balis on April 13, 2011
Recently I visited Zorgowee, a Liberian town where the IRC is providing emergency aid to refugees who fled the violence in Ivory Coast. There I met Kou Wonbah, a Liberian mother of three who told me she feels a particular connection to these uprooted Ivorians. Kou was once a refugee herself. more »
Posted by The IRC on April 13, 2011
IRC women’s protection expert Liz Pender has been meeting with groups of Ivorian women and girls who fled to Liberia in recent weeks to escape the violence ravaging Ivory Coast. Liz was quoted in an IRC statement released today that expresses concern that those who are reporting incidents of sexual violence represent a tiny fraction of the victims. more »
Posted by The IRC on April 13, 2011
Development efforts around the world will not bear fruit unless we address violence against women and girls. Traveling around the world as President of the Novo Foundation, I have seen that women encounter such similar obstacles and challenges toward reaching their full potential. more »
Posted by Alexandra Hardina on April 12, 2011
Protecting those persecuted because of their race, religion, nationality or political opinion is a proud American tradition. It is also a historically bipartisan issue in Congress. Today Congressman Gary Peters along with 19 other Members of Congress introduced a new piece of legislation that aims to improve the way the United States welcomes refugees. more »
Posted by The IRC on April 6, 2011
Guest blogger Elyse Yerman is a senior at Riverton High School outside Salt Lake City. As a student body officer, Elyse helped organize the school’s annual charity drive, which last year raised more than $81,000 for the IRC. more »
Posted by Misha Cohen on April 1, 2011
In the fall of 2009, Chet Nath Timsina’s parents, Dill Ram, 66, Man Maya, 63, and his youngest brother, Om, 22, arrived in New York from the refugee camp in Nepal where they had been living for 18 years. more »
Posted by The IRC on April 1, 2011
The IRC had a message for diplomats in London attending Tuesday’s international conference on Libya: the security of civilians and access for humanitarian organizations must be priorities. more »
Posted by Natalie Parke on March 31, 2011
Cynics occasionally refer to Haiti as “the Republic of NGOs,” claiming that the country has lots of well-intentioned non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with little to show for their goodwill. Fair enough. But I’m not a cynic. I firmly believe that the vibrancy of local organizations in Haiti can and will translate into meaningful development for the country. more »
Posted by Anne C. Richard on March 29, 2011
Sad to say, measures legislated after 9/11 now restrict aid groups abroad and prevent people fleeing dictatorships from entering the United States as refugees. As the world backs opponents of Muammar Qadhafi in Libya, it’s time to review the impact of these laws: are they doing more harm than good? more »

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