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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 August 17, 2010
At least 1,600 people have been killed and 20 million impacted by the flooding throughout Pakistan. IRC senior communications officer Peter Biro spoke with CNN today about the "second disaster" now facing the country: outbreaks of disease. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 12, 2010
Today marks International Youth Day. For the more than 8 million displaced young people—ages 15 to 24—around the world, there is little cause for celebration. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on August 11, 2010
Haider Alzubaidy, a native of Baghdad, Iraq, remembers running to school to avoid being shot by a sniper. Haider is now a student at the IRC's Summer Youth Academy, learning how to adjust to life and education in New York City. more »
Posted by Anne C. Richard on August 10, 2010
Why would victims of the Haiti earthquake stay in overcrowded camps if they had somewhere else to go? More than six months after the earthquake, people ought to be leaving camps that were set up under emergency conditions. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 8, 2010
Responding to an op-ed in the New York Times on Afghanistan’s National Solidarity Program, IRC international programs VP Michael Kocher writes about a similar program the IRC is supporting in Congo. more »
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Posted by The IRC on August 7, 2010
“Many parents told us they had assumed their child had died in the earthquake." Becky Chandler, IRC emergency child protection coordinator describes her work reuniting families in Haiti. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on August 6, 2010
It was 70 years ago this week — August 4, 1940 — that the IRC’s Varian Fry boarded a transatlantic flight from LaGuardia Airport in New York on his way to German-occupied France on a mission to rescue 200 leading artists and intellectuals who were on the Nazis’ most-wanted list. more »
Posted by Anne C. Richard on August 6, 2010
Fresh from a visit to Haiti, Anne Richard, IRC VP, government relations and advocacy, discusses in the Huffington Post the successes and failures of the international relief effort and how it is imperative to transcend the “international blame game” in order to rebuild Haiti. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on August 5, 2010
New photos from IRC staff members who are on the ground providing aid to victims of the worst flooding in Pakistan’s modern history. At least 1,400 people have been killed and three million people have been affected by the devastating monsoon rains. more »
Posted by The IRC on July 29, 2010
Heidi Lehman, the IRC's director of the gender-based violence unit, is in Haiti this month. She describes an IRC program that trains Haitian women to support victims of sexual violence in Teleco camp and other settlements where people displaced by the earthquake now live. more »