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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 Joanne Offer on August 12, 2009
Mohamed Yusuf was beaten on the back of his knee by a soldier during his journey from Kismayo in Somalia to a refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya “The soldier used the back of his gun against my knee and I’ve had problems walking ever since,” says Mohamed. more »
Posted by Joanne Offer on August 11, 2009
Mohamed is 15 and comes from Kismayo in Somalia. Dahir says: “My father died in the fighting – he wasn’t a soldier, our village was attacked. I also lost my mother during the civil war and I don’t know where she is." more »
Posted by Joanne Offer on August 7, 2009
Eighteen-year-old Iftin Mohamed dropped out of school when she was just ten or eleven. (Although school is free, families say they have to provide materials like notebooks and pens.) Iftin now has a ten-month old daughter, Magal, who’s been struggling to get over an infection. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on August 7, 2009
Even as thousands of displaced Pakistani families head home to the Swat district, thousands more are still fleeing violence elsewhere in the country’s volatile northwest. "The crisis in Pakistan is far from over," says Mike Young, the IRC's Pakistan country representative. more »
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Posted by Joanne Offer on August 6, 2009
Posted by Kate Adams on July 29, 2009
Said Rifai, from Baghdad, never wanted to consider himself a refugee, but the aspiring-architect-turned-reporter's work for the Los Angeles Times put him in constant danger. more »
Posted by Peter Biro on June 27, 2009
Some 140,000 refugees live in nine remote camps in Thailand near its border with Myanmar, also known as Burma. Refugees have been fleeing Myanmar for decades to escape civil strife, political upheaval and economic stagnation. Many of the refugees are members of the Karen or Karenni ethnic groups who speak their own languages and follow their own customs. more »