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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 Gerald Martone on January 12, 2011
IRC cholera response teams are operating in 30 camps throughout Port-au-Prince teaching people about the disease, how to treat it, and how to prevent it. I took these photos of some of the teams at work over the past week. more »
Posted by Sophia Jones on January 11, 2011
Today I waited in a line for five hours. I’ve never waited in line for that long – ever! But this was different. I decided to spend the morning with a friend and IRC colleague, Pasquale Ongwen, as he joined millions of others in Sudan to vote in an historic referendum on self-determination. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 11, 2011
The IRC's Susan Purdin is featured in a segment of the PBS program “Need to Know” about Southern Sudan’s independence referendum and the efforts of Salva Dut, a one-time 'Lost Boy', to help rebuild his homeland. more »
Posted by Madeleine Rene on January 11, 2011
I’m a native of Petit Goave, Haiti. I am 30 years old. When I was 12, I witnessed the rape of my older sister, which caused her death. As I grew up I felt the need to fight against rape which was very common where I lived. When I was 18, my partner beat me but I knew nothing about my rights. I feel very motivated to work as an IRC volunteer because it is an opportunity to help other women facing situations like mine. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 10, 2011
That was me and my family just walking along with so many other people, with whatever little we could carry and trying to go somewhere not knowing if it was going to be safe. Not knowing what’s ahead and trying to get to that safety and just hoping that it’s going to be okay. more »
Posted by Roxanne Paisible on January 10, 2011
As a Haitian-American, I was deeply moved by the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010. After hearing eyewitness accounts from my relatives in Haiti and seeing the jarring images of fellow Haitians who lost their lives, I felt compelled to take action. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 9, 2011
The IRC is providing technical expertise, tools, construction materials, and other resources to workers building more permanent camp facilities in preparation for jobs in the building trades as the recovery in Haiti moves forward. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 9, 2011
Today -- January 9, 2011 -- Southern Sudan is holding a referendum in which its people will decide whether to remain part of a united Sudan, Africa's largest nation, or to secede and become the world's newest independent country. Whatever the outcome, Southern Sudan faces major long-term challenges. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 8, 2011
Many displaced people in Port-au-Prince have lost important documents including birth and marriage certificates. Without a birth certificate, a person is not able to register for school, open a bank account or access other critical services. more »
Posted by Sophia Jones on January 7, 2011
The IRC is preparing for every likely scenario that may arise in the aftermath of the referendum in Southern Sudan. Over the last few months our regional team based in Nairobi, has been coordinating contingency planning meetings with colleagues in Southern Sudan and neighboring Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. more »