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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 George Rupp on December 31, 2010
I want to close 2010 by paying special tribute to the courageous members of the IRC field staff, including those working in our 22 U.S. resettlement offices. Many of these men and women work in dangerous and difficult circumstances to selflessly carry out our work. more »
Posted by George Rupp on December 31, 2010
The people of Southern Sudan endured a brutal civil war that lasted 22 years and left behind a ruined landscape and a traumatized population. Now, the January 2011 independence referendum is presenting new threats and uncertainties. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on December 30, 2010
Children in one of the IRC's child friendly spaces in Haiti offer thanks to all our loyal supporters who make the IRC's work possible around the globe. more »
Posted by George Rupp on December 30, 2010
Conditions in Haiti are only marginally improved today from what they were when the earthquake struck on January 12, 2010. On a recent visit to Port-au-Prince, I was stunned by the mountains of rubble still waiting to be cleared. more »
Posted by The IRC on December 29, 2010
We were having a meeting and one of the participants noticed a tatoo that I have ... All were like, "Oh, we have a tatoo, too." ... They were calling me their American sister because I'm one of the few American black women that they've met ... I was excited. It was a bonding experience. So, sure, "Can I see your tatoo?" more »
Posted by George Rupp on December 29, 2010
In past updates, I have described the Democratic Republic of Congo as the site of the world’s largest civil war, a conflict that has led to the death of more than five million people. This year I am able to tell a more positive story about Congo. more »
Posted by George Rupp on December 28, 2010
As emergency conditions continue to prevail in southernmost Sindh province, the IRC has been providing clean water, food, shelter, health care, and emergency kits for thousands of beleaguered families who still have trouble coming to grips with the scale of the devastation. more »
Posted by The IRC on December 27, 2010
I feel a very strong personal connection to what refugees are experiencing today. The remnants of an experience that you survived shape you. Make you more anxious. Make you more empathetic. Make you angrier. Make you whatever… It becomes part of your genetic makeup. more »
Posted by Susana Ferreira on December 24, 2010
Rumor is powerful in Haiti. There are rumors about everything: about political candidates, about who might be distributing guns in the streets, about the driving forces of election violence, about the weather. more »
Posted by The IRC on December 23, 2010
Peter Biro, the IRC’s Bangkok-based senior communications officer, writes in Slate about urban refugees in Thailand and presents a gallery of photos. more »