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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 October 15, 2010
Before the IRC restored their water system — which hadn’t functioned properly for around 10 years — residents of Kurmuk, in Ethiopa, had to travel nearly two miles to another village to bring back safe, but expensive, drinking water. more »
Posted by Sergio Trevisan on October 15, 2010
Reading news headlines from Somalia, it is easy to think that here is a country without hope. But that impression is far from the truth. The people I have met here have an amazing capacity for living and getting on with their lives, despite abject poverty, a sense of lawlessness and other harsh realities they have to face daily. more »
Posted by The IRC on October 14, 2010
IRC child protection specialist Rebecca Chandler tells her hometown newspaper what drives her to do humanitarian work. Becky is one of this year's recipients of a Sarlo Foundation Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service. more »
Posted by The IRC on October 14, 2010
Today marks World Sight Day, an annual day of awareness to focus attention on blindness and visual impairment. Since 1997, the IRC has helped hundreds of thousands of visually impaired refugees and other victims of war restore their vision through a unique program that offers free glasses and access to eye surgery. more »
Posted by Sophia Jones on October 12, 2010
It is the rainy season in Southern Sudan. The annual floods don’t make life any easier in an area already struggling to recover from decades of civil war. But this year, the flooding was unusually severe. I recently had a chance to travel with an IRC mobile clinic team and speak with families who have been displaced by the floods. more »
Posted by The IRC on October 8, 2010
When she arrived in the United States last month, Baghdad native Raeda Fatoohi became the 20,000th refugee to be welcomed by the IRC office in Atlanta. Raeda recently spoke with WABE radio for a story that also featured IRC executive director Ellen Beattie. more »
Posted by Jamie Kelso on October 7, 2010
This summer, I ran a 10k race and raised money to help families whose lives have been turned upside down by conflict or disaster. You can help too. iRescue is a new (just launched today!) do-it-yourself fundraising site where people like you can help the IRC by raising money to support our work. more »
Posted by The IRC on October 4, 2010
The IRC wrapped up our successful humanitarian mission in Georgia last week. We deployed emergency teams there in August, 2008, days after tensions between Georgia and Russia over the separatist enclave of South Ossetia escalated into a full-blown military conflict. more »
Posted by The IRC on October 1, 2010
Wilio Jean thought he would never see his son, 4-year-old Wilji, again. They were separated after the earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010, but IRC case workers reunited them in August. more »
Posted by Elisabeth Roesch on September 30, 2010
Though IVAWA was not voted on by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday, your voices were heard through your letters, e-mails and phone calls. By continuing to reach out to Members of Congress in the coming weeks, you can make sure that this bill gets passed during this Congress. more »
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