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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 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 »
Posted by The IRC on March 4, 2011
As people continue to flee the crisis in Libya, the IRC's Alan Manski is on the ground on the Libya-Tunisia border. He sent this footage today as 10,000 people walked from the border to a transit camp. more »
Posted by Roxanne Paisible on March 2, 2011
I recently traveled to Haiti to facilitate a workshop for civil society organizations in Haiti to help them engage effectively with decision makers as the country rebuilds after the January 2010 earthquake. more »
Posted by The IRC on March 2, 2011
The IRC's Naw Khet Mar says that in the refugee camps in Thailand where she works it is crucial to enlist men into the struggle against domestic violence against women and girls. more »
Posted by The IRC on February 28, 2011
In this video, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Max Frankel describes how his own refugee experience helped shape some of the most passionate dispatches he ever wrote in his long career with the New York Times. more »