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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 January 19, 2010
Elizabeth remembers the first day she went to be tested for HIV. “It was frightening and I walked up to the door of the testing center but I didn’t go in,” she admits. On the second day, Elizabeth managed to pluck up the courage to be tested and discovered she was positive. more »
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Posted by Kate Adams on January 19, 2010
Gillian Dunn, IRC emergency response director, spoke with The Takeaway on NPR this morning from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on January 14, 2010
The IRC is immensely grateful for the outpouring of support we've received and hope you can help us spread the word about our Emergency Response team's work in Haiti. more »
Posted by Kate Adams on January 11, 2010
Today I’m in Bangkok, visiting an IRC office that helps refugees in Asia who can't return to their home countries make an informed decision about whether to apply for resettlement in the United States. more »
Posted by The IRC on January 8, 2010
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Posted by Peter Biro on January 4, 2010
For a long time, Saymeh* lived in terror. Every evening, her husband would come home to their thatched stilt house in a camp for Burmese refugees in western Thailand, drunk and angry. The beatings and rapes that ensued would sometimes last for hours. more »
Posted by Peter Biro on December 26, 2009
This week marks the 5th anniversary of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami. Days after the tsunami struck on December 26, 2004, the IRC dispatched emergency teams to Indonesia's Aceh province. At the time, the IRC's Peter Biro wrote about a journey to Calang, a village that was virtually erased from the map. more »
Posted by Peter Biro on December 23, 2009
More than two months after the Pakistani military launched an offensive in the Taliban stronghold of South Waziristan, only now are the IRC and other humanitarian aid organizations gaining access to the estimated 430,000 people who have fled the fighting. more »
Posted by Peter Biro on December 23, 2009
Storm clouds are gathering and the wind is tugging at the plastic sheeting covering the hundreds of makeshift shelters that make up the Mungote camp in Congo’s troubled North Kivu province. Over 30,000 people live here, unable to work and with little access to food. more »