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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 February 9, 2011
Female genital mutilation is common among certain groups of refugees in Northern Ethiopia. Kibrom describes what happened when a group of community leaders were given the opportunity to examine and reflect on the harmful aspects of this traditional practice. more »
Posted by Desiree Collins on February 8, 2011
I’ll never forget the day a group of Bhutanese women came into the office with dozens of plastic grocery store bags, all stuffed full and brimming with color. I remember wondering what all these bags were for. Recycling? more »
Posted by The IRC on February 7, 2011
We were on the boat for only seven days. We sailed into Hong Kong harbor at night. And it was one of the most beautiful sights I could ever see. It was much more foreign going from Hong Kong to Green Bay, Wisconsin! more »
Posted by The IRC on February 2, 2011
Once, Wilson Ballah struggled to survive in a refugee camp. Today, back home in Liberia, he offers life saving medical aid to those in need. more »
Posted by The IRC on February 2, 2011
Solav explains the great difficulty and the great courage it takes for a woman in traditional Iraqi communities to report a rape or sexual violence. The risk is that she will be shunned—or killed. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 31, 2011
I believe that it is crucially important for an organization like the IRC to take care of people who fall through the cracks, and to reestablish some balance. My family and I were given the second chance. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 28, 2011
Commenting on a Washington Post story, the IRC’s Michael Kocher writes in a letter to the editor,"Military-led projects erode established humanitarian principles of impartiality and independence, fail to win hearts and minds and -- we now know -- are ineffective." more »
Posted by The IRC on January 26, 2011
What keeps me wanting to go out every day and do this work is just that urge within me to see smiles on the faces of women who have not been able to smile for months or for years. more »
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 »