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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 2, 2011
Solav explains the great difficulty and the great courage it takes for a woman in traditional Iraqi communities to report a rape or sexual violence. The risk is that she will be shunned—or killed. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 31, 2011
I believe that it is crucially important for an organization like the IRC to take care of people who fall through the cracks, and to reestablish some balance. My family and I were given the second chance. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 28, 2011
Commenting on a Washington Post story, the IRC’s Michael Kocher writes in a letter to the editor,"Military-led projects erode established humanitarian principles of impartiality and independence, fail to win hearts and minds and -- we now know -- are ineffective." more »
Posted by The IRC on January 26, 2011
What keeps me wanting to go out every day and do this work is just that urge within me to see smiles on the faces of women who have not been able to smile for months or for years. more »
Posted by Alexandra Hardina on January 25, 2011
The President’s annual State of the Union address is an especially pertinent time to reflect on the successes and challenges experienced by a special group of new Americans -- refugees. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 24, 2011
We were taught never to be or feel victimized or feel inferior. Or to feel like we were wanting something though certainly we left a lot behind. My father left his business and we left our home. The important thing was our family was together and we were going to school and we were starting a new life. more »
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 »