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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 Anne C. Richard on September 3, 2010
Congress may have been in recess, but two prestigious organizations used the dog days of summer to call attention to the tragic flooding in Pakistan and to appeal for greater amounts of relief aid. IRC leaders participated in both discussions. more »
Posted by The IRC on September 2, 2010
Fleeing persecution, her refugee Ethiopian family was resettled 20 years ago in Georgia by the IRC. Today Naima Abdullahi, an employment specialist with the IRC’s Atlanta office, wants to be sure her American born son Teso, 12, understands his family’s origins. more »
Posted by The IRC on September 2, 2010
Problematic changes in the Supplemental Social Security Income program may cut off the incomes of vulnerable refugees. The IRC’s Bob Carey says the changes run “counter to the humanitarian principles” on which the U.S. accepted the refugees. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on August 31, 2010
An IRC summer program in New York helps young people who grew up in war zones and refugee camps adjust to life and education in the United States. more »
Posted by Peter Biro on August 30, 2010
The Mae Tao clinic, on the outskirts of the town of Mae Sot in northeastern Thailand, is the only source of medical care for thousands of Burmese along the volatile Thailand-Myanmar border. I visited the clinic this spring and took these photos. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 27, 2010
Photographer Jim Stawniak was on hand in fall 2005 when two families who lost homes to Hurricane Katrina -- Lola Freeman's from New Orleans and Vu Lam's from Biloxi, Mississippi -- moved into the new apartments the IRC found for them in Atlanta. more »
Posted by Peter Biro on August 25, 2010
One year ago the Pakistani military launched an offensive to drive Taliban militants from Pakistan’s Swat Valley. More than two million people fled the fighting, provoking a massive humanitarian crisis. Now, the worst floods in Pakistan’s history have created even greater destruction and displacement. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on August 24, 2010
My IRC colleague Sarah Long just shared this link to an article from Wired Science, saying: “Scroll down to see the map of the Pakistan flood region overlaid on a map of the US. Floods don't have political or religious affiliations, and this thing is the size of the US eastern seaboard.” more »
Posted by Peter Biro on August 24, 2010
Here are some photos I took in the southernmost province of Sindh, where people continue to stream into urban centers and camps as the flood water rises. An estimated 3.6 million people have been made homeless by the deluge in Sindh province alone. more »
Posted by Peter Biro on August 23, 2010
I am traveling with a team of IRC colleagues delivering aid in Pakistan where a staggering 20 million people's lives have been disrupted by the country's worst flooding in living memory. At least 1,600 people are known to have lost their lives and the devastation is epic. more »