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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 Peter Biro on March 26, 2010
Ban Puta, a hamlet on the Thailand side of the border with Myanmar, is nestled on a small hill overlooking paddy fields and dense jungle foliage. Most people who live here have fled conflict and economic collapse in Myanmar for a more peaceful life in Thailand. more »
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Posted by Melissa Winkler on March 23, 2010
Minouche lost her home and husband in January's devastating earthquake in Haiti. I met her last week in Bel Air, a vast and congested shantytown of makeshift tents and shacks now home to nearly 4,000 people, including Minouche and her six children. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on March 23, 2010
"It’s not fun being a stranger and no money and in a foreign country where you don’t know anybody. So I found out about IRC, and I went to them, and I told them my story and they were so helpful." - Mary Page more »
Posted by Joanne Offer on March 19, 2010
Violent and incessant conflict in and around Mogadishu – the capital of Somalia – has forced more than 1 million Somalis to seek shelter in makeshift camps around the country. more »
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Posted by Peter Biro on March 11, 2010
In an unassuming house on the outskirts of the Thai city of Mae Sot lies the office of Social Action for Women (SAW), an IRC-supported organization that helps survivors of rape, domestic violence, trafficking and other abuse. On a recent visit to their shelter, I met Ngelay, a 16-year-old Burmese girl who narrowly escaped being sold into marriage by her mother. more »
Posted by The IRC on March 8, 2010
Women have come together in Haiti to mark International Women’s Day and to begin overcoming the tragedy of what they have witnessed and experienced. They’ve also come together to declare their shared commitment to reinforcing and revitalizing the vibrant and strong women’s movement in Haiti. more »
Posted by The IRC on March 8, 2010
When a man from her village raped Esse, he was fined $65 for his crime, just over a month’s wages in impoverished Central African Republic. The village chief considered the matter to be “settled.” The IRC reached out to help her. more »
Posted by Melissa Winkler on March 3, 2010
The IRC’s Melissa Winkler is in Haiti to help earthquake survivors tell their stories and to document the IRC’s emergency work. She shared these photos from the shanty towns of Port-au-Prince, where a high concentration of people, paltry or non-existent sanitation and the buildup of waste pose a massive health threat. more »
Posted by Melissa Winkler on February 24, 2010
Kay Fanm means “women’s house” in Creole and for 25 years the Haitian organization has provided safety, sanctuary and hope for thousands of vulnerable women and girls, particularly victims of violence. Last month’s earthquake destroyed Kay Fanm’s main office and a facility the group used for counseling, education and other programs. more »

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