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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 The IRC on February 23, 2011
The IRC's Hillary Margolis shares a moment when a group of women in Congo who, once empowered with knowledge about human rights, advocated for local laws to be changed in order to allow women to inherit land and hold property. more »
Posted by The IRC on February 21, 2011
World-renowned supermodel Alek Wek is also an active supporter of humanitarian causes. "I know what refugees go through and I truly believe that we should be able to stand up and say something," she says. more »
Posted by The IRC on February 16, 2011
Tamah Murfet says the IRC's village savings and loan program in Burundi is inspiring and empowering women in unexpected ways -- from giving them the courage to discuss money issues with their husbands to allowing them to earn a living for the first time in their lives. more »
Posted by The IRC on February 15, 2011
Ma Aye Myint tries out an electronic fare card in the New York City subway. Her native village in Myanmar and the refugee camp where her family lived in Thailand lacked even basic amenities like electricity and running water. more »
Posted by The IRC on February 14, 2011
When I see a refugee, regardless of where they came from, I see myself, so I have a very deep emotional attachment to the issues that affect refugees because my story is their story. And theirs is mine. more »
Posted by The IRC on February 14, 2011
"I have never squeezed my husband in public before," says Bhutanese refugee Uma Timsina, standing on a pier in front of the Statue of Liberty with her husband Chet Nath. The couple were spending their first day off together in months in New York's Battery Park. more »
Posted by The IRC on February 14, 2011
The president submits his FY2012 budget blueprint to Capitol Hill at a time when the Executive Branch and Congress are expressing clashing viewpoints on budgets, staffing levels and future directions of US diplomacy and foreign aid. more »
Posted by The IRC on February 9, 2011
Female genital mutilation is common among certain groups of refugees in Northern Ethiopia. Kibrom describes what happened when a group of community leaders were given the opportunity to examine and reflect on the harmful aspects of this traditional practice. more »
Posted by Desiree Collins on February 8, 2011
I’ll never forget the day a group of Bhutanese women came into the office with dozens of plastic grocery store bags, all stuffed full and brimming with color. I remember wondering what all these bags were for. Recycling? more »
Posted by The IRC on February 7, 2011
We were on the boat for only seven days. We sailed into Hong Kong harbor at night. And it was one of the most beautiful sights I could ever see. It was much more foreign going from Hong Kong to Green Bay, Wisconsin! more »