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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 Sophia Jones on July 15, 2011
Fatuma, 25, arrived in Dadaab refugee camp four days ago by car with her mother and her five children. The young widow gave birth to her baby girl, Shire, on her way here. The family arrived without luggage -- it was stolen from the parked car late one night as they slept. more »
Posted by Renata Rendón on July 15, 2011
Pakistan is now at the start of the annual monsoon season, and there are concerns as to whether the country is prepared. In late June, the United Nations reported that as many as 5 million people could be displaced by flooding this year. more »
Posted by Peter Biro on July 14, 2011
I took these photographs of actress and IRC Voice Rashida Jones this week as she was visiting the Tham Hin refugee camp in Thailand. The camp’s residents have fled war and upheaval in Myanmar and have lived in the camp for years, or in some cases, decades. more »
Posted by Sophia Jones on July 10, 2011
Six months ago I stood in line for five hours with my friend and colleague Pasquale Ongwen in Juba as he waited to cast his vote in the referendum which would determine whether South Sudan would split from the north. Fast-forward six months and here I was with Pasquale again, this time in a crowd of tens of thousands. more »
Posted by Sophia Jones on July 8, 2011
I have been at the IRC office in Juba for three days and there is excitement in the air as South Sudan prepares to celebrate its independence as a nation tomorrow. Here's what some of my Sudanese colleagues had to say about what independence means to them. more »
Posted by Ned Colt on July 8, 2011
I’d initially heard about Muhammad from another IRC colleague. “He’s amazing,” she said. “At the height of last year’s flooding, when everyone else was fleeing to safety, Muhammad went in the opposite direction.” more »
Posted by Sophia Jones on July 8, 2011
The IRC’s country director in South Sudan, Susan Purdin, has been invited to the official Independence Day ceremony tomorrow where she will join heads of state and dignitaries from all over the world including Colin Powell and former President Jimmy Carter, as well as celebrities such as George Clooney. more »
Posted by The IRC on July 7, 2011
"The people of Somalia are fighting a combination of devastating factors all at once, including conflict, recurrent drought, livestock disease and high food prices." more »
Posted by Ned Colt on July 7, 2011
If you’re ever feeling cynical about human nature, I’d like you to meet Muhammad. He’s an IRC colleague who has performed humanitarian work for more than a decade. However, unless you’re a Pakistani living near the Afghan border, you’ll have a hard time finding him! I ‘m fortunate, Muhammad is a colleague of mine, and was in the capital Islamabad recently. more »
Posted by Susan Purdin on July 6, 2011
As an American, I’ve enjoyed many Fourth of July celebrations, from my hometown near Fresno, California to New York City, when I worked at the headquarters of the IRC, and towns and cities in-between. But this year, along with my colleagues here in Juba, I am looking forward to the Ninth of July. more »