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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 20, 2011
Two children fetching water at an IRC-installed water tap in Darussalam village in central Somalia. The IRC is building and repairing wells, hand pumps and pipelines and training community volunteers in hygiene. more »
Posted by The IRC on October 19, 2011
A woman displaced by recent fighting in Somalia. The most devastating drought in 60 years, clan fighting and clashes between the Somali government and the extremist al-Shabaab militia has left over 180,000 people displaced within Somalia this year alone. more »
Posted by The IRC on October 19, 2011
Please join us today at 2pm EST for a live Twitter chat with the IRC’s women’s protection and empowerment advocacy officer, Elisabeth Roesch, executive producer of "Women, War and Peace" Abigail Disney, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee. more »
Posted by Melissa Winkler on October 18, 2011
I recently visited the Kailahun Women’s Center -- a special place where women gather to talk, learn new skills, like soap-making and catering, and conduct business. It also serves as a safe house for women and girls who have been sexually assaulted and need short-term shelter. more »
Posted by The IRC on October 18, 2011
Tune in to PBS tonight for the second episode of "Women, War and Peace," the five-part series that spotlights the stories of women in conflict zones. The episode, "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," features Nobel Prize winner Leymah Gbowee and other Liberian women who helped achieve peace for their shattered country. more »
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 »