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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 6, 2011
Sarah Costa, executive director of IRC affiliate Women's Refugee Commission, discusses why it's time to put the lives and safety of women and girls who are fleeing the drought in Somalia at the top of the humanitarian agenda. more »
Posted by The IRC on September 6, 2011
Five years after being separated from his young daughter, Nura, Idris Ismail — a refugee from Eritrea — is reunited with her with the help of the IRC in Salt Lake City. more »
Posted by IRC Photo of the Day on September 4, 2011
The majority of the nearly 700,000 earthquake survivors in Haiti who are still displaced are living in makeshift settlements on private land. Neighbors came to the rescue as a property owner prepared to lock out these children and families like theirs. more »
Posted by Sue Dwyer on September 2, 2011
Last week, I wrote about the heart-wrenching generosity of Somali refugees in Dadaab, Kenya who are giving of what little they have to help newly arrived families in need. Today I want to pay tribute to the personal sacrifices of my IRC colleagues in Dadaab -- truly an outstanding group of nurses, nutritionists, doctors, social workers, and field office and logistics specialists. more »
Posted by The IRC on September 1, 2011
Poor rains in the Horn and East Africa have led to crop failure, loss of livestock and soaring food prices -- and famine has been declared in five areas of southern Somalia. Somali refugees must walk for days to reach the Dolo Ado camps in Ethiopia. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 31, 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 30, 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 »