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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 May 13, 2014
"At the International Rescue Committee we are well-acquainted with the obstacles and risks girls face in simply trying to exercise basic rights like getting an education," says Heidi Lehmann, director of the IRC's women's protection and empowerment unit, writing about the abduction of 284 school girls by Boko Haram militants in April. more »
Posted by The IRC on May 12, 2014
In just under five months since fighting erupted, the situation in South Sudan has deteriorated severely, causing 1.3 million people to flee from their homes. The IRC and other aid groups today set out seven steps to providing urgently needed relief. more »
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Posted by The IRC on May 11, 2014
Happy Mother's Day! In our latest video, see how young Syrian refugees in Jordan's Zaatari camp are showing their moms how much they appreciate them. more »
Posted by The IRC on May 10, 2014
Aminata lives in Sierra Leone, the third most dangerous place on Earth to give birth, where one in eight women die from maternal-related causes. Skilled attendance during childbirth is considered the best intervention to ensure a safe, successful delivery, yet just 60 percent of mothers in Sierra Leone give birth with a midwife present, and only 50 percent at a health facility. more »
Posted by Emily Sernaker on May 10, 2014
When asked to describe her mother, 12-year-old Priante takes a moment to choose the right word in English: “She is brave.” Priante’s mother, Alphonsine, is strong, indeed. In 2005, she and her husband fled violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and lived in Malawi and Rwanda, where the family endured illness and poverty before resettling in the United States. more »
Posted by The IRC on May 10, 2014
Dedicate a Rescue Gift to a special mom in your life and we'll send her a beautiful eCard with a personal message from you. You can send an eCard within minutes. more »
Posted by The IRC on May 9, 2014
This Week's Voices is a roundup of recent eyewitness reports and commentary by IRC experts and others. This week: #BringBackOurGirls, more. more »
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Posted by The IRC on May 9, 2014
Fears over the risk of abduction have contributed to a sharp increase in women and girls fleeing northeastern Nigeria into Niger, where the IRC is responding to the crisis. more »
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Posted by The IRC on May 8, 2014
Last November, the strongest typhoon on record battered the Philippines, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. See how the IRC and partner organizations have been helping communities on the Filipino island of Panay to rebuild and recover. Watch video. more »
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Posted by The IRC on May 8, 2014
In a report released on May 7, the IRC and 21 other humanitarian organizations urged the international community not to forget about Somalia as attention turns to other crises. A third of the population remains in need of aid following a devastating drought. more »

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