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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 October 18, 2011
Amid years of civil war and turmoil in Liberia, schools were closed and education was interrupted. Now with fewer schools and teachers, the IRC is working to get kids back into the classroom. more »
Posted by The IRC on October 17, 2011
Jenny Koroma, 15, does her homework after finishing her household chores. Jenny attends a secondary school in the Kenema district of eastern Sierra Leone that receives support from the IRC. more »
Posted by The IRC on October 14, 2011
The IRC focuses on medical care for women -- like this Somali refugee -- during and after pregnancy to ensure that they and their children stay safe and healthy. more »
Posted by Melissa Winkler on October 14, 2011
“It is not your fault,” says the IRC’s Amie Kandeh, consoling a 14-year-old girl named Fulamatu. It’s an important message in a country where women and girls are regularly blamed for the rapes they suffer and assailants are rarely prosecuted. more »
Posted by The IRC on October 13, 2011
Nicholas D. Kristof writes in the New York Times: "…the International Rescue Committee says that only one-half of 1 percent of the rapes it deals with in Sierra Leone lead to convictions. I soon saw the challenges first hand." more »
Posted by The IRC on October 13, 2011
Refugee gardeners participating in the IRC's New Roots program at Drew Gardens in the Bronx. New Roots brings resettled refugees together to share experiences and feel a connection to their new home through community gardening. more »
Posted by Ruth Fertig on October 12, 2011
In her Wake Up Call video, Abigail Disney, executive producer of the PBS special, "Women, War and Peace," shares how the story of Liberian women taking a stand against war propelled her into filmmaking. more »
Posted by The IRC on October 12, 2011
IRC rape counselors provide individual emotional support and family mediation. They also work with communities to change attitudes -- in particular -- placing blame where it is deserved, rather than on victims. more »
Posted by The IRC on October 11, 2011
Make sure to tune in to PBS tonight for the premier episode of "Women, War and Peace," the five-part series that spotlights the stories of women in conflict zones. more »
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Posted by The IRC on October 11, 2011
A teacher walks his students through a math problem at the Zelemai primary school in Lofa, Liberia's northernmost county, The IRC educates over 16,000 Liberian children and youth. more »