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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 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 »
Posted by Kate Adams on October 11, 2011
A story published in the New York Times yesterday spotlights community farms around the United States dedicated to refugee agriculture – including the IRC’s own New Roots program. more »
Posted by The IRC on October 10, 2011
In a column published yesterday in the New York Times, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Nicholas D. Kristof takes readers inside a rape treatment center the IRC runs in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He tells the stories of three-year-old Jessica and other staggeringly young patients at the center. more »