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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 December 2, 2010
Shenaz is 23 years old and has three children. Her baby was just eight days old when the floods hit. Shenaz fled with her family, holding the newborn and wading through waters that rose waist-high. Now the family has returned to their village to find even more suffering. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on December 1, 2010
Today is World AIDS Day. In Kenya, where the IRC assists refugees and local communities, HIV/AIDS hasn't been acknowledged as a problem in rural areas such as Turkana. more »
Posted by Susana Ferreira on November 24, 2010
The IRC’s Family Tracing and Reunification team has had a busy few months in Haiti, helping 139 family members separated by the January 2010 earthquake find each other. I was on hand for their 100th reunification last month in Port-au-Prince. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on November 24, 2010
Last year, YouTube video volunteer extraordinaire LisaNova visited an IRC garden in San Diego where refugees from eight countries are setting down new roots in the United States. Here's another look at the video Lisa made about their first harvest. more »
Posted by The IRC on November 23, 2010
An IRC team restocked this oral rehydration kiosk in Kawoussel camp in the Martissant district of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with 500 sachets of oral rehydration salts, vital for the treatment of dehydration caused by diarrhea, and the first crucial response in any suspected case of cholera. more »
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Posted by Peter Biro on November 22, 2010
I recently spent a day with Tanaw, one of 15 IRC-trained midwives in Tham Hin, a patchwork of bamboo huts housing nearly 8,000 Burmese refugees on the Thailand-Myanmar border. more »
Posted by George Rupp on November 19, 2010
I recently visited the White House complex to drop off the petition to President Obama that over 27,000 of you signed. In the petition, you asked the President to submit the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to the US Senate for its advice and consent without delay. more »
Posted by Susana Ferreira on November 16, 2010
As of Sunday, the latest figures released by Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population showed 1,034 confirmed cholera deaths and 16,799 people hospitalized with suspected cases of cholera. A few of those cases have popped up in camps served by the IRC—including at one camp just down the road. more »
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Posted by Roxanne Paisible on November 16, 2010
As the new Haiti advocacy officer with the IRC, I recently traveled to Haiti to meet with our field staff and learn more about the impact of our work. My trip happened to coincide with Haiti’s first outbreak of cholera, a water-borne disease that can cause dehydration and death within hours if left untreated. more »
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Posted by The IRC on November 11, 2010
This summer I traveled to the Dadaab region in Kenya, where three refugee camps—among the largest in the world—host nearly 300,000 refugees. In the camps, I met refugee women who talked with me about their struggle to find enough firewood to cook for their families. more »