With the help of the International Rescue Committee’s dedicated staff in Baltimore, a refugee mother from Myanmar reunites with her son after spending 10 years apart. This was the Mother’s Day gift she had been dreaming of for a decade. Watch the moment when they finally meet again.
World-renowned jazz musician and IRC Voice Joshua Redman recently visited the remote areas of Myanmar (also known as Burma), where the International Rescue Committee provides health and development support to villages. Redman was inspired by the community's commitment to rebuild their lives for a better future.
After witnessing the death of 15 relatives and neighbors, Gloria Ibrahim fled with her three small children to the city of Yola where an estimated 400,000 people have sought safety from a violent insurgency in Nigeria's northeast. The International Rescue Committee is leading the humanitarian response for tens of thousands of people.
The International Rescue Committee provides temporary care and shelter in both Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps in Jordan for more than 1,300 unaccompanied children, making the dangerous journey from Syria. Close to 1,000 have been reunited with their families. Learn more: http://www.Rescue.org/Syria
Despite the daily hardships of her new life, Jamalat, 43, has sought ways to help others less fortunate than she has been. Learning of the plight of five siblings whose parents were killed in Syria, the mother of seven opened her home.
For the first time, the International Rescue Committee is providing an academically accredited health training program for displaced Burmese living in Thailand. More than 250 community members are currently enrolled and will be able to deliver healthcare services within their own towns and villages.
A group of professional clowns performed for families in northern Jordan, where the International Rescue Committee operates mobile health clinics and provides other support for Syrian refugees and Jordanians in need. The theatrical performances provided a brief escape from the horrors of the war and the uncertainty of the future.
As the war in Syria hits its 4-year mark on March 15, humanitarian needs have never been greater. Satellite images show that 83 percent of the lights have gone out in Syria since the conflict began, plunging streets, homes and hospitals into darkness.