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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 Kate Adams on January 21, 2011
On Sunday voters in Central African Republic will go to the polls. Observers fear that continuing violence in some regions of the country could disrupt the elections and plunge the population even deeper into misery more »
Posted by The IRC on January 21, 2011
“We don’t know how long the crisis will last,” says Dr. Folaranmi Ogunbowale, who oversees the IRC’s emergency health care response on the Liberia-Ivory Coast border. “But given the volatile history of this region, we have to be prepared for the worst.” more »
Posted by The IRC on January 19, 2011
Today, almost half of the world’s refugees live in cities. Many are reluctant to come forward because they fear they could be deported or sent back to refugee camps. New photos from the IRC's Anne Richard. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 19, 2011
"'What is the problem? The goats and the sheep give birth without any assistance, why not my wife?'" The IRC's Monika Bakayoko-Topolska quotes a man in one village in Ivory Coast who refused his pregnant wife permission to get a pre-natal check-up. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 18, 2011
The average refugee situation lasts 17 years. When wars end and refugees go home, they often find they don't have the skills they need to get jobs, start their own businesses, and help their countries rebuild. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 18, 2011
"War’s Overlooked Victims," in the The Economist, examines the dismaying prevalence of rape in war around the world and quotes the IRC's Hillary Margolis. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 17, 2011
The United States provides opportunity like no other country. The IRC is the mechanism that allows people who are homeless -— people who’ve lost their home for one reason or another -- to have a second chance at a new life. I’m very proud to be an American by choice. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 14, 2011
I think that women can play a significant role in the long-term recovery of this nation. Based on what I've seen in our own staff and in the people that we see in the camps, they are capable, they are thinking, they are sharp — and they want their lives to improve. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on January 13, 2011
One year on, the IRC and other aid groups in Haiti are -- amazingly -- still reuniting children and families who were separated in the chaos of the January 12 earthquake. more »
Posted by Jennifer Morgan on January 13, 2011
It's been nearly a year since I first arrived in Haiti to help lead the IRC's efforts to reunite children and families who were separated by the 2010 earthquake. Many thousands of children lost their parents in the disaster, and thousands more lost contact with their living relatives in the chaos that followed. more »