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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 September 1, 2011
For seven weeks this summer, the IRC's Newcomer School Readiness Program in Seattle helped newly arrived refugee children and teens prepare for the upcoming school year — their first in the United States. more »
Posted by Pierrette James on August 31, 2011
It's hard to place a value on a goat in a place like Sindh, but it's no surprise that at a recent distribution of thousands of goats, thousands of flood-affected families waited patiently in line. Residents of the Pakistani province are still recovering from last year's devastating floods, which killed livestock and wiped out crops. I was in Sindh recently, for one of the distributions. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 30, 2011
Listen to NPR foreign correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton's report from Dadaab camp in Kenya, where the IRC runs programs to aid refugees fleeing conflict and drought in Somalia. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on August 29, 2011
As the East Coast of the United States cleans up after Hurricane Irene, the Gulf Coast is commemorating the sixth anniversary of the landfall of Hurricane Katrina. Back in 2005, IRC refugee resettlement offices across the country extended aid to families who were displaced by Katrina. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on August 26, 2011
As Hurricane Irene makes its way up the East Coast of the United States, several cities where IRC aids resettled refugees sit right in the projected path of the storm. We’re battening down the hatches in these offices and helping refugees and IRC staff to prepare. more »
Posted by Sue Dwyer on August 24, 2011
Many others have written about the unfathomable human suffering that is playing out in the Horn and East Africa due to the drought and famine. After visiting the IRC’s programs in Kenya no words seem adequate. The best thing I can offer is to share what is not being reported: the heart-wrenching charitable efforts of Somali refugees themselves. more »
Posted by Melissa Winkler on August 23, 2011
Tamam, an IRC health manager in Chad, sent on these images of a recent sandstorm that hit Bahai -- a desert outpost where we aid refugees from Darfur. They really show the remote and extreme conditions in which IRC staff sometimes work in order to bring humanitarian aid to people who need it the most. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 22, 2011
A very sweet DIY fundraiser for drought-stricken East Africa was covered by local TV in Des Moines, Iowa this weekend more »
Posted by The IRC on August 19, 2011
In an audio interview recorded by VOA News, the IRC's Dr. Milhia Kader describes the condition of malnourished children who are arriving at the Hagadera Camp in Dadaab, Kenya with their families after fleeing drought in Somalia. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on August 19, 2011
Today is World Humanitarian Day -- a celebration of people helping people. Every day humanitarian aid workers help millions of people around the world. Sitting here at my computer in the IRC's New York HQ office, I am in awe of my IRC colleagues and our partners and peers in the field who persevere through unimaginable circumstances in order to save lives... more »