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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 Peter Biro on August 30, 2010
The Mae Tao clinic, on the outskirts of the town of Mae Sot in northeastern Thailand, is the only source of medical care for thousands of Burmese along the volatile Thailand-Myanmar border. I visited the clinic this spring and took these photos. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 27, 2010
Photographer Jim Stawniak was on hand in fall 2005 when two families who lost homes to Hurricane Katrina -- Lola Freeman's from New Orleans and Vu Lam's from Biloxi, Mississippi -- moved into the new apartments the IRC found for them in Atlanta. more »
Posted by Peter Biro on August 25, 2010
One year ago the Pakistani military launched an offensive to drive Taliban militants from Pakistan’s Swat Valley. More than two million people fled the fighting, provoking a massive humanitarian crisis. Now, the worst floods in Pakistan’s history have created even greater destruction and displacement. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on August 24, 2010
My IRC colleague Sarah Long just shared this link to an article from Wired Science, saying: “Scroll down to see the map of the Pakistan flood region overlaid on a map of the US. Floods don't have political or religious affiliations, and this thing is the size of the US eastern seaboard.” more »
Posted by Peter Biro on August 24, 2010
Here are some photos I took in the southernmost province of Sindh, where people continue to stream into urban centers and camps as the flood water rises. An estimated 3.6 million people have been made homeless by the deluge in Sindh province alone. more »
Posted by Peter Biro on August 23, 2010
I am traveling with a team of IRC colleagues delivering aid in Pakistan where a staggering 20 million people's lives have been disrupted by the country's worst flooding in living memory. At least 1,600 people are known to have lost their lives and the devastation is epic. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 20, 2010
"We need to build back better," says IRC president George Rupp, quoting former president Bill Clinton. "In many ways the response to the earthquake in Pakistan is a model for what we need to do in this instance as well, only it is a much more massive, long-term response that's required." more »
Posted by Gerald Martone on August 18, 2010
On August 19th, one of the most difficult and dangerous professions in the world will be commemorated and celebrated. This is World Humanitarian Day. And it is devoted to the more than 200,000 humanitarian aid workers around the world who commit themselves to saving lives and reducing the suffering of people affected by disasters and wars. more »
Posted by Peter Biro on August 18, 2010
In a rare reprieve from the heavy monsoon rains, Zubadia Razia, 20, walks through the mud and rubble that was once her home. She is looking for a suitcase she kept clothes in, but it is nowhere to be found. This area, near the city of Peshawar, was wiped out in Pakistan’s worst flooding in living memory. more »
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 »