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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 Misha Cohen on April 1, 2011
In the fall of 2009, Chet Nath Timsina’s parents, Dill Ram, 66, Man Maya, 63, and his youngest brother, Om, 22, arrived in New York from the refugee camp in Nepal where they had been living for 18 years. more »
Posted by The IRC on April 1, 2011
The IRC had a message for diplomats in London attending Tuesday’s international conference on Libya: the security of civilians and access for humanitarian organizations must be priorities. more »
Posted by Natalie Parke on March 31, 2011
Cynics occasionally refer to Haiti as “the Republic of NGOs,” claiming that the country has lots of well-intentioned non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with little to show for their goodwill. Fair enough. But I’m not a cynic. I firmly believe that the vibrancy of local organizations in Haiti can and will translate into meaningful development for the country. more »
Posted by Anne C. Richard on March 29, 2011
Sad to say, measures legislated after 9/11 now restrict aid groups abroad and prevent people fleeing dictatorships from entering the United States as refugees. As the world backs opponents of Muammar Qadhafi in Libya, it’s time to review the impact of these laws: are they doing more harm than good? more »
Posted by Anne C. Richard on March 24, 2011
Congress is out to cut foreign aid, but the public doesn’t necessarily agree. Pollsters find that when we Americans learn about specific aid programs, we support them. When we hear clear details, we favor aid programs guaranteed to save lives. But Congress keeps acting on the desires of a misinformed public rather than on the basis of reality. They should look at the facts. more »
Posted by Jennifer Morgan on March 23, 2011
"Stop reunifying children with their families!" These were the words that greeted me when I arrived at work one morning a few months ago, from the director of a Port-au-Prince orphanage, furious at me for doing my job: tracing the relatives of children separated from their families. more »
Posted by The IRC on March 23, 2011
"As coalition airstrikes continue, little is known about the humanitarian situation in Libya, although there are many reports that civilians are being used as human shields," says Gillian Dunn, the IRC’s director for emergency response. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on March 22, 2011
In 2010 the IRC gave over 4.4 million people access to clean drinking water and sanitation. On this World Water Day, the IRC's Peter Biro provides an update on how we are addressing the ongoing humanitarian crisis brought about by the worst flooding in Pakistan's history. more »
Posted by George Rupp on March 21, 2011
Today I visited two more refugee camps. Unlike Shimelba, the Mai Aini and Adi Harush camps are relatively new. Mai Aini was established in 2008 and has a population of more than 12,000 Eritrean refugees. Adi Harush is in its earliest start-up phase and faces many challenges. more »
Posted by George Rupp on March 17, 2011
I spent the second day of my visit to northern Ethiopia with the refugee children and young people in Shimelba. The IRC is providing education for all age groups in the camp, from pre-school to adults. We are also providing vocational and skills training. more »