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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 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 18, 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 »
Posted by Euan Robinson on August 18, 2011
Even before the floods hit, many people in Sindh did not have access to health care. Whatever clinics and medical equipment there had been was washed away by the floodwater. Rates of illnesses, including malaria and skin infections, shot up in the wake of the floods, with many people falling very sick. more »
Posted by Sinead Murray on August 17, 2011
Famine has gripped headlines in recent weeks. Yet the story you might not have heard is what I consider the hidden side of this crisis –- violence against women and girls. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 17, 2011
In the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, severely affected by conflict for more than a decade, the IRC partners with local women’s associations to support and empower survivors of sexual violence and other vulnerable women. more »
Posted by Elisabeth Roesch on August 15, 2011
At a packed Congressional briefing on August 4, my colleague Elizabeth Pender, the IRC's emergency technical advisor for women’s protection and empowerment, spoke about violence against women and girls who are fleeing the famine in Somalia. more »