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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 George Rupp on November 19, 2010
I recently visited the White House complex to drop off the petition to President Obama that over 27,000 of you signed. In the petition, you asked the President to submit the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to the US Senate for its advice and consent without delay. more »
Posted by Susana Ferreira on November 16, 2010
As of Sunday, the latest figures released by Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population showed 1,034 confirmed cholera deaths and 16,799 people hospitalized with suspected cases of cholera. A few of those cases have popped up in camps served by the IRC—including at one camp just down the road. more »
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Posted by Roxanne Paisible on November 16, 2010
As the new Haiti advocacy officer with the IRC, I recently traveled to Haiti to meet with our field staff and learn more about the impact of our work. My trip happened to coincide with Haiti’s first outbreak of cholera, a water-borne disease that can cause dehydration and death within hours if left untreated. more »
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Posted by The IRC on November 11, 2010
This summer I traveled to the Dadaab region in Kenya, where three refugee camps—among the largest in the world—host nearly 300,000 refugees. In the camps, I met refugee women who talked with me about their struggle to find enough firewood to cook for their families. more »
Posted by Vanessa Pirandello on November 9, 2010
In his 30-year career at the IRC, New York-based employment specialist Jimmy Lu has helped more than 4,000 refugees from Kosovo, Myanmar, Bhutan, Tibet, Iraq and West Africa find work, even in the toughest job markets. His New York US Programs office colleague Vanessa Pirandello tells his story. more »
Posted by The IRC on November 8, 2010
"Cholera may be a new and frightening disease for Haitians, but the conditions under which it thrives and spreads have existed here for decades. Most at risk is the destitute and forsaken countryside, where public health infrastructure is virtually nonexistent. " more »
Posted by Kate Adams on November 6, 2010
IRC communications officer Susana Ferreira has been out with IRC teams in Port-au-Prince today, surveying damage from Hurricane Tomas and speaking with homeless earthquake survivors who rode out the storm in some of the city's fragile tent settlements. more »
Posted by Susana Ferreira on November 4, 2010
The wind had already picked up by Thursday morning in Villambetta. It whipped around the tents and plastic tarp-covered shacks in the camp. Groups of children, grinning and oblivious to the worries of the adults, made kites by tying black plastic bags to string, hoisting them into the air. The wind carried them high. more »
Posted by Misha Cohen on November 4, 2010
Photographer and IRC volunteer Misha Cohen has been telling the story of the Bhutanese Timsina family’s first months in the U.S. in pictures. Misha's newest photo essay chronicles the celebration of Diwali, a Hindu holiday. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on November 3, 2010
The unsanitary conditions in Port-au-Prince's tent settlements and slums are ripe for the spread of cholera. The IRC's Susana Ferreira shared these photos of our environmental health team treating water in camps where people don't have a safe supply. more »

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