More than 45 million people worldwide have been uprooted from home by conflict and natural disaster. At work in more than 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, the International Rescue Committee helps millions of people each year to survive and rebuild their lives, leading the way from harm to home.
In April 1994, a sudden escalation in ethnic violence in Rwanda led to the massacre of some 800,000 men, women and children over a period of 100 days. Millions of Rwandans fled their homes, many to crowded refugee camps in neighboring countries.
In this video, Pierre Nzeyimana, the IRC's program coordinator for Rwanda, takes a look back at the genocide and discusses the ongoing recovery effort.
To learn about Afghans' hopes and fears related to the transitions of 2014, International Rescue Committee researchers contacted Afghan colleagues from nine provinces in the country. These are some of their voices.
In many parts of the world, girls reach adulthood without ever being asked about their dreams. The IRC's Vision Not Victim project enabled girls in Congo to share their ambitions and create change in their lives and communities.
International Rescue Committee president David Miliband explains how the IRC's new USAID-funded education program, the Pakistan Reading Project, fits in to the IRC's long history of work in the country. (Published March 2014)
The International Rescue Committee and our Syrian partners have reached close to 1 million people in need inside Syria with medical care, medicine, clean water, sanitation, education, and emergency items. The IRC recently began providing food rations to hundreds of families in northern Syria. (Posted February 2014)
Due to extreme violence, 1 million people in the Central African Republic have been uprooted from their homes. Across the capital city of Bangui, more than 60 camps have sprung up. The International Rescue Committee is there, providing basic assistance such as food and shelter, as well as helping to protect women and children. (Interview: Late January 2014)
More than 11 million people across the Syria region are in desperate need of assistance after nearly 3 years of conflict. Learn what the IRC is doing to bring help and hope to Syrian refugees and their host communities. (December 10, 2013)
Learn more about how the IRC is helping Syrian refugees and others impacted by the crisis in Syria.
The International Rescue Committee is setting up programs and services to help people in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines recover and rebuild after Typhoon Haiyan. Hear from Virgie del la Cruz, whose house was destroyed in the typhoon, as well as from IRC staff who are on the ground implementing relief and recovery programs. (Posted December 6, 2013)