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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 George Rupp on March 16, 2011
I have been spending the last few days visiting refugee camps in northern Ethiopia with my wife Nancy, IRC board member Allen Moore, and the IRC’s country director in Ethiopia, David Murphy. It is very important for me to come to the field and I try as often as I can to visit programs both internationally and in the United States. more »
Posted by Jamie Kelso on March 16, 2011
Mark shares his personal commitment to changing culture when and where it is unjust and inhuman. By educating young men and empowering young girls, he is working in Karamoja, Uganda to stop a long-practiced terrible tradition of rape and helping a community to exchange a violent past for the promise and potential of a future built on equality more »
Posted by Ruth Fertig on March 14, 2011
Today would have been Albert Einstein’s 132nd birthday. Around the world, March 14th is an occasion to commemorate this great man’s scientific genius and his contributions to our understanding of the universe. We at the IRC are indebted to Einstein for another reason - one that has also made a profound impact on the world. more »
Posted by Peter Biro on March 11, 2011
With the Cricket World Cup 2011 in full swing, children are playing the game everywhere in Pakistan. I took this photo of a girl wielding a bat during a lunch break at one of the schools run by the IRC in the Jalozai camp near the city of Peshawar. more »
Posted by Tatenda Gonye on March 11, 2011
Yesterday I wrote about how a decade of economic troubles has eroded Zimbabwe's water and sanitation infrastructure, leaving its people vulnerable to cholera and other water borne illnesses. Today I'll describe how my IRC colleagues and I are working in eastern Zimbabwe to help restore community water systems and respond to outbreaks of disease. more »
Posted by Tatenda Gonye on March 10, 2011
Imagine if tomorrow people in the town where you live started getting suddenly and violently ill. You don’t know what’s wrong or how to help them. People are dying, sometimes within hours, because there’s no treatment available. And then the disease spreads to neighboring communities because no one knows how to stop it. more »
Posted by Elisabeth Roesch on March 9, 2011
Today I’d like to share the three goals that I think are critical to the fight not only to end sexual violence but also to extend basic human rights to women and girls all over the world. more »
Posted by The IRC on March 9, 2011
At a rural health clinic run by the IRC where rape survivors receive counseling and medical care, Julie (not her real name) recalls the night she was raped by eight armed men wielding rifles and machetes. more »
Posted by Jamie Kelso on March 8, 2011
On the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, we reflect on how far women have come and how much they can still achieve. Today, we are launching the IRC's Wake Up campaign, where YOU can help empower women in war and disaster zones to become agents of change in their communities. more »
Posted by Elisabeth Roesch on March 8, 2011
Margot Wallström’s open style, hands-on attitude and good sense of humor are refreshing for one of the most powerful women in the UN. Not to mention, critically important tools for someone whose job is to confront one of the toughest and most important challenges of our time: rape in conflict. more »