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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 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 »
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 »