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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 Sinead Murray on August 17, 2011
Famine has gripped headlines in recent weeks. Yet the story you might not have heard is what I consider the hidden side of this crisis –- violence against women and girls. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 17, 2011
In the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, severely affected by conflict for more than a decade, the IRC partners with local women’s associations to support and empower survivors of sexual violence and other vulnerable women. more »
Posted by Elisabeth Roesch on August 15, 2011
At a packed Congressional briefing on August 4, my colleague Elizabeth Pender, the IRC's emergency technical advisor for women’s protection and empowerment, spoke about violence against women and girls who are fleeing the famine in Somalia. more »
Posted by Euan Robinson on August 12, 2011
During the floods last year in Pakistan, wells and other infrastructure were washed away or destroyed. The IRC has installed water tanks, hand pumps and latrines across Sindh Province to prevent the spread of disease and educates people about how to stay healthy. more »
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 »