(April 2008) The world's fastest growing refugee crisis is continuing to unfold in the Middle East. Five years into the Iraq conflict, more than 4 million innocent bystanders are uprooted and in dire need of help. A team from the International Rescue Committee has just returned from Jordan and Syria, where an estimated 2 million Iraqi refugees are living in fear and isolation.
(November 2007) In this November 15, 2007 phone briefing, George Rupp, the International Rescue Committee's president and Alyoscia D'Onofrio, IRC's regional director for Congo, discuss the current situation in Congo and IRC’s role. Susan Dentzer, an IRC board member and health correspondent for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, moderated. D'Onofrio, who called in from Congo, updated listeners on the IRC’s effort, along with the other aid agencies and Congolese authorities, to contain an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.
(October 2007) One of the world's most respected war correspondents, Kevin Sites spent five years covering global war and disaster for several national networks. Kevin's new book, "In the Hot Zone: One Man, One Year, Twenty Wars," chronicles the year he spent as a pioneering Web journalist, posting multimedia dispatches from the world's "hot zones." Kevin stopped by the IRC's office in New York this month to speak with IRC staff and read from the book.
(October 2007) One of the world's most respected war correspondents, Kevin Sites spent five years covering global war and disaster for several national networks. His new book, "In the Hot Zone: One Man, One Year, Twenty Wars," chronicles the year he spent as a pioneering Web journalist, posting multimedia dispatches from the world's "hot zones." In the hot zone Kevin met International Rescue Committee staff, whom he has called “unknown soldiers” and whose work he’s praised.
International Rescue Committee Briefing from the Field: Wednesday, June 20, 2007. Bob Carey, IRC’s Vice President of Resettlement; Denise Barrett, IRC’s Regional Representative for the Middle East; and the moderator, Gideon Rose, Managing Editor of Foreign Affairs magazine discuss the IRC’s efforts to address one of the most rapidly increasing refugee crises in the world. Transcript › (pdf)
(March 2007) The IRC's Emily Holland looks back on her month-and-a-half field visit to Darfur, Sudan. "You never really leave a place like Darfur," she says. "I plan to spend my time working to communicate all I've seen and heard until the displaced Darfuris I've met receive the help they need."
(March 2007) Emily Holland speaks with a woman who is in charge of an IRC women's center in Darfur about what women's health really means and what the IRC is doing to help women survive the chaos of the Darfur crisis.
(March 2007) The IRC's Emily Holland traveled to Otash Camp in Darfur, home to 50,000 people fleeing ongoing violence in the region. She interviewed women who have just arrived at the camp and shares their heart-wrenching stories.
In a March 8, 2007 phone briefing, the International Rescue Committee's Heidi Lehmann discussed violence against women. Lehmann, the IRC's senior technical advisor on gender-based violence, was questioned by Susan Dentzer, an IRC board member and on-air health correspondent for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS. During the special International Women's Day session, Lehmann talked about her personal experiences working with women in Congo, Thailand and elsewhere.