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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 December 8, 2009
Liberia, my country, has just come out of a tumultuous period of war. Young girls were taken as “wives” by fighters during the civil conflict, which officially ended in 2003. Fearing what would happen if they deserted — and with little or no education, skills or support — these kidnapped children were particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse and exploitation. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on December 7, 2009
Our friends at the ONE campaign just blogged this story from Burundi, about how the IRC helped Celine and her family, returning refugees who were faced with the prospect of starting their lives over with little more than what they had brought back with them from exile. more »
Posted by The IRC on December 7, 2009
One scorching day last summer, 17-year-old Monique tried to drown herself in a river. Less than a week later, she tried to hang herself. Neighbors in remote, hilly South Kivu said the girl was possessed. Her older brother refused to believe them. Instead, he brought his sister to a nearby IRC field office. more »
Posted by The IRC on December 7, 2009
On Dec 5, The Huffington Post published an article by the IRC's Peter Biro describing the miserable situation for people uprooted by armed clashes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the most volatile areas in Africa. more »
Posted by The IRC on December 4, 2009
IRC aid worker Virginie Tanou, who works in Cote d'Ivoire, discusses the effects of war on women and girls. In the wake of crisis and increased poverty, women are more vulnerable and at greater risk of physical and sexual violence more »
Posted by Joanne Offer on December 1, 2009
It’s 2 am when Apio Agnes’ mobile phone rings. She’s suddenly awake and ready to go. It’s her night to answer calls to a 24-hour hotline dedicated to anyone who needs advice or support on rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment or other forms of gender-based violence. more »
Posted by The IRC on November 30, 2009
2009 marks the 18th anniversary of the “16 days of Activism Against Gender Violence” campaign. We recently shared the story of our IRC colleague Annabelle Mubi, who works in refugee camps in Thailand helping women and girls who experience domestic or sexual violence. more »
Posted by The IRC on November 29, 2009
The IRC is a lifeline to millions of people in Congo's violence-torn villages. This past summer, CBS' 60 Minutes traveled with the IRC to remote camps in North Kivu that shelter thousands of people displaced by recent fighting. more »
Posted by The IRC on November 29, 2009
60 Minutes recently traveled with the IRC to camps in North Kivu that shelter thousands of people displaced by fighting. With IRC’s help, the TV crew took a close look at the humanitarian crisis and the root causes of Congo’s chronic violence. more »
Posted by Peter Biro on November 25, 2009
Julie, a middle-aged woman in a small village in Congo’s North Kivu province, had just blown out the kerosene lamp and was lying in bed next to her husband when suddenly the stillness of the night was pierced by enraged shouts and the sound of a door being kicked open. more »