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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 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 »
Posted by Peter Biro on July 29, 2010
"Our soldiers used to whip people and steal things, but it is better now," says the commander of a rebel group in Central African Republic. "Now my men understand that there are laws even during a war." Read about how the IRC is training the country's various armed groups in human rights and international humanitarian law. more »
Posted by The IRC on July 26, 2010
Food is scarce in Ethiopia, where most of the population lives in rural, drought-prone areas in a state of chronic poverty. In 2010, the Government of Ethiopia identified 5.2 million people in need of emergency food aid. Not surprisingly, this hunger crisis also impacts the thousands of refugees living just within Ethiopia’s borders. more »
Posted by Anne C. Richard on July 23, 2010
I was in Haiti earlier this week, visiting IRC colleagues and learning about our programs. The earthquake harmed or destroyed a quarter of all schools in Haiti, leaving 2.5 million children out of school. The IRC and other groups have worked to ensure children are in temporary learning spaces. More, however, is needed... more »