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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 November 4, 2010
Photographer and IRC volunteer Misha Cohen has been telling the story of the Bhutanese Timsina family’s first months in the U.S. in pictures. Misha's newest photo essay chronicles the celebration of Diwali, a Hindu holiday. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on November 3, 2010
The unsanitary conditions in Port-au-Prince's tent settlements and slums are ripe for the spread of cholera. The IRC's Susana Ferreira shared these photos of our environmental health team treating water in camps where people don't have a safe supply. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on October 30, 2010
If you joined the throng at Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's ‘Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear’ on the Washington Mall this morning, you might have caught sight of some of my colleagues. They handed out 10,000 IRC bookmarks to rally-goers in an hour. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on October 29, 2010
Every day my IRC colleagues and I deal with numbers -- big numbers, small numbers, sobering numbers – numbers that add to the sum total of human suffering. But no matter how grim the statistics from the crisis zones where we work, there are other numbers that add up to one thing: hope. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on October 29, 2010
Cholera is a serious threat to the more than one million earthquake survivors living in crowded tent settlements around Port-au-Prince. That's why prevention activities are in full gear in the 30 camps where the IRC currently assists some 100,000 people. more »
Posted by The IRC on October 29, 2010
"I am honored to be a part of the USGLC’s leadership and its ongoing effort to increase investment in the U.S. International Affairs Budget. From my work at the IRC, I see firsthand how critical international aid and development assistance is to saving lives and fostering stable and healthy communities." more »
Posted by The IRC on October 27, 2010
The IRC's Rebecca Chandler talks with KCBS in San Francisco about her work on family tracing and reunification in Haiti, and what being an aid worker means to her. more »
Posted by Susana Ferreira on October 26, 2010
It’s been nearly a week now since the first cholera cases were detected in a rural area north of Port-au-Prince, and in the days following a major public information and prevention campaign has been launched. There is a sense that the situation may be stabilizing, but some experts and officials have warned that it may be too early for optimism. more »
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Posted by The IRC on October 26, 2010
They rarely make headlines, but aid workers perform lifesaving deeds every day. We recognize the most outstanding of our colleagues through the annual Sarlo Foundation Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service. Meet this year’s recipients. more »
Posted by Gerald Martone on October 22, 2010
It is a cruel irony that at a time of the most monumental technological advances in the history of human civilization, we also have the greatest number of people who do not have enough food, water, medicine, and shelter. For addressing the worrisome mega-trends that the world faces, the United Nations might simply be one of the most important institutions we have. more »