Forced to flee violence in Iraq, Bushra Naji and her family were resettled by the International Rescue Committee in New York City in 2008. Watch and share her story to celebrate the Fourth of July, America's Independence Day.
More than 1,000,000 Iraqis have fled their homes in the wake of escalating violence-- this year alone. They join an additional 1,000,000 previously displaced Iraqis and refugees seeking safety from violent conflict. Many have sought refuge in the northern Kurdistan region. Latest updates: Rescue.org/Iraq (Published June 27, 2014)
In Myanmar, nurses and medics who had been on opposing sides in one of the world's longest civil wars are now working shoulder to shoulder to bring health care to remote regions that until recently were combat zones.
Their mission is symbolic of the extraordinary changes sweeping Myanmar, also known as Burma, long a pariah state isolated from the rest of the world. (Posted June 26, 2014)
How many refugees are there in the world? Good question. To honor the resilience and courage of refugees on World Refugee Day, the International Rescue Committee asked people on the streets of New York City to answer this question. Their responses will surprise you. (Posted June 20, 2014)
Daring to Defy: Acclaimed photojournalist Lynsey Addario shows how women in the Democratic Republic of Congo are becoming powerful agents of change in their communities, with help from the IRC. More on this project: Rescue.org/Defy
The International Rescue Committee operates clinics in Mafraq and Ramtha, cities in northern Jordan which have struggled to cope with an influx of refugees since the Syrian crisis began three years ago. For people without documentation to work, proper medical care is unaffordable.
These are the voices of women in the Central African Republic. Since 2013 the already unstable country has desceded into chaos and become engulfed by sectarian violence. Approiximately 120,000 people have fled the country since December. Reports of sexual violence have increased dramatically.
In Mafraq, a northern Jordanian town near the Syrian border, Anaam and her husband Raed live with their three young children in an empty store. To help cover the costs of living, the International Rescue Committee provides Anaam and other Syrian refugee women with assistance in the form of cash, which they access with special ATM bankcards. (Posted June 2014)
As representatives of donor countries met in Oslo on May 20 to discuss the South Sudan emergency, the IRC's Kenya country director, Jerotich Seii Houlding, visited South Sudanese refugees in Kakuma camp, in northern Kenya, with United Nations Population Fund country representative Siddarth Chatterjee. “It is crucial donors don’t forget that neighboring countries are also responding to the crisis," Seii Houlding says.
Over 600,000 Syrian refugees are currently in Jordan, 80% of whom live in urban areas among Jordanian neighbors.
In February the International Rescue Committee organized a two-week social-therapy workshop at our women's center in the city of Irbid that brought together Syrian refugee teenagers and their Jordanian counterparts. The program included dance, songs, storytelling, theater, community projects — and just clowning around.