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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 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 »
Posted by Vanessa Pirandello on November 9, 2010
In his 30-year career at the IRC, New York-based employment specialist Jimmy Lu has helped more than 4,000 refugees from Kosovo, Myanmar, Bhutan, Tibet, Iraq and West Africa find work, even in the toughest job markets. His New York US Programs office colleague Vanessa Pirandello tells his story. more »
Posted by The IRC on November 8, 2010
"Cholera may be a new and frightening disease for Haitians, but the conditions under which it thrives and spreads have existed here for decades. Most at risk is the destitute and forsaken countryside, where public health infrastructure is virtually nonexistent. " more »
Posted by Kate Adams on November 6, 2010
IRC communications officer Susana Ferreira has been out with IRC teams in Port-au-Prince today, surveying damage from Hurricane Tomas and speaking with homeless earthquake survivors who rode out the storm in some of the city's fragile tent settlements. more »
Posted by Susana Ferreira on November 4, 2010
The wind had already picked up by Thursday morning in Villambetta. It whipped around the tents and plastic tarp-covered shacks in the camp. Groups of children, grinning and oblivious to the worries of the adults, made kites by tying black plastic bags to string, hoisting them into the air. The wind carried them high. more »
Posted by Misha Cohen on November 4, 2010
Photographer and IRC volunteer Misha Cohen has been telling the story of the Bhutanese Timsina family’s first months in the U.S. in pictures. Misha's newest photo essay chronicles the celebration of Diwali, a Hindu holiday. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on November 3, 2010
The unsanitary conditions in Port-au-Prince's tent settlements and slums are ripe for the spread of cholera. The IRC's Susana Ferreira shared these photos of our environmental health team treating water in camps where people don't have a safe supply. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on October 30, 2010
If you joined the throng at Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's ‘Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear’ on the Washington Mall this morning, you might have caught sight of some of my colleagues. They handed out 10,000 IRC bookmarks to rally-goers in an hour. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on October 29, 2010
Every day my IRC colleagues and I deal with numbers -- big numbers, small numbers, sobering numbers – numbers that add to the sum total of human suffering. But no matter how grim the statistics from the crisis zones where we work, there are other numbers that add up to one thing: hope. more »