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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 Kulsoom Rizvi on August 16, 2014
More than half a million Iraqis have fled the violence of Islamic State militants since early June, many of them heading for refugee camps in Syria. The IRC's Rachel Unkovic kept an audio diary of her experiences at the Newrooz refugee camp in northern Syria which has now between 10,000 to 12,000 people. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 15, 2014
As an Ebola outbreak surges through West Africa, IRC staff and community health workers are working to educate people on how to stop the spread of the virus. We're also bolstering local health systems with medical staff, protective gear and logistical support. more »
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Posted by Kulsoom Rizvi on August 13, 2014
Rachel Unkovic, who is part of the IRC’s emergency response team in Iraq, shared photos of Iraqi families who found shelter in a school after they escaped from the Sinar Mountains in northern Iraq. Families spent a week hiding from militants without water or food. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 12, 2014
The IRC is working to strengthen the network of health care workers in Somalia to better protect survivors of sexual assault. Specially trained health staff is critical in a country where women and girls face challenging conditions due to the widespread violence, insecurity and displacement caused by two decades of conflict. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 11, 2014
The IRC's Rachel Unkovic writes about the dire situation of tens of thousands of Iraqi women, children and men fleeing the violence of Islamic State militants. "I’ll never forget the big eyes of the kids staring at us from the back seats of the cars, exhausted and scared," she says. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 11, 2014
The IRC’s country director in Liberia, Aitor Sanchez Lacomba, speaks with Radio France Internationale on our Ebola response. Since the outbreak, the IRC has supported local health workers, ministries of health and community leaders in controling the spread of the disease more »
Posted by Kulsoom Rizvi on August 8, 2014
As new waves of violence engulf Iraq, the IRC is providing emergency medical care for as many as 4,000 Yazidis, mostly women and children, who survived without food or water for up to six days while hiding from militants in Iraq's Sinjar mountains. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 7, 2014
Begun immediately after birth, breastfeeding cuts in half the chance that babies will die during their most vulnerable period of life, the first 28 days. Yet still, breastfeeding is widely undervalued and poorly practiced. The IRC is working to educate communities about its benefits. more »
Posted by The IRC on August 7, 2014
The IRC resettles the first Syrian refugees in Georgia since war broke out nearly three years ago more »
Posted by The IRC on August 6, 2014
The anatomy of famine: An infographic illustrating how fighting, paired with adverse weather, have left many communities bracing for famine in South Sudan. Seven million people are at risk of starvation, the United Nations warns. more »

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