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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 Alexandra Hardina on January 25, 2011
The President’s annual State of the Union address is an especially pertinent time to reflect on the successes and challenges experienced by a special group of new Americans -- refugees. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 24, 2011
We were taught never to be or feel victimized or feel inferior. Or to feel like we were wanting something though certainly we left a lot behind. My father left his business and we left our home. The important thing was our family was together and we were going to school and we were starting a new life. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on January 21, 2011
On Sunday voters in Central African Republic will go to the polls. Observers fear that continuing violence in some regions of the country could disrupt the elections and plunge the population even deeper into misery more »
Posted by The IRC on January 21, 2011
“We don’t know how long the crisis will last,” says Dr. Folaranmi Ogunbowale, who oversees the IRC’s emergency health care response on the Liberia-Ivory Coast border. “But given the volatile history of this region, we have to be prepared for the worst.” more »
Posted by The IRC on January 19, 2011
Today, almost half of the world’s refugees live in cities. Many are reluctant to come forward because they fear they could be deported or sent back to refugee camps. New photos from the IRC's Anne Richard. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 19, 2011
"'What is the problem? The goats and the sheep give birth without any assistance, why not my wife?'" The IRC's Monika Bakayoko-Topolska quotes a man in one village in Ivory Coast who refused his pregnant wife permission to get a pre-natal check-up. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 18, 2011
The average refugee situation lasts 17 years. When wars end and refugees go home, they often find they don't have the skills they need to get jobs, start their own businesses, and help their countries rebuild. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 18, 2011
"War’s Overlooked Victims," in the The Economist, examines the dismaying prevalence of rape in war around the world and quotes the IRC's Hillary Margolis. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 17, 2011
The United States provides opportunity like no other country. The IRC is the mechanism that allows people who are homeless -— people who’ve lost their home for one reason or another -- to have a second chance at a new life. I’m very proud to be an American by choice. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 14, 2011
I think that women can play a significant role in the long-term recovery of this nation. Based on what I've seen in our own staff and in the people that we see in the camps, they are capable, they are thinking, they are sharp — and they want their lives to improve. more »