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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 June 27, 2009
Some 140,000 refugees live in nine remote camps in Thailand near its border with Myanmar, also known as Burma. Refugees have been fleeing Myanmar for decades to escape civil strife, political upheaval and economic stagnation. Many of the refugees are members of the Karen or Karenni ethnic groups who speak their own languages and follow their own customs. more »
Posted by unknown on June 24, 2009
Last year we launched a very special online campaign, asking people to send personal messages to survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We wanted to show support for women and girls in Congo by sharing with them messages of solidarity and encouragement from around the world. more »
Posted by Joanne Offer on June 20, 2009
The official statistics tell us that the population in Dadaab refugee camp has now exploded past 275,000. Even though I’ve seen this for myself, I find it hard to put such numbers into context, they are so unimaginably huge. The theme of this year’s World Refugee Day – real people, real needs – is therefore apt. more »
Posted by The IRC on June 18, 2009
The IRC was founded in 1933 at the suggestion of which famous refugee and Nobel Laureate? Find out when you take our World Refugee Day quiz honoring refugees — their incredible accomplishments, histories, and life stories. more »
Posted by The IRC on June 4, 2009
With few other opportunities to earn a livelihood in this part of Uganda, local clans are highly protective of their cattle and the few sources available to water them. So, when rival herders try to use their water supply, conflict can occur. And, in an area where automatic weapons are abundant, events can quickly escalate out of control. more »
Posted by The IRC on June 3, 2009
Seated inside the communal hall in St. John’s Church in the remote Ugandan town of Iriiri, Gloria Irota is not attending a service. Rather, she’s learning how to identify symptoms of malaria in young children. Although malaria has long been treatable, it still kills tens of thousands of Ugandan children every year. more »

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