IRC aid worker Virginie Tanou discusses the effects of war on women and girls. In the wake of crisis and increased poverty, women are more vulnerable and at greater risk of physical and sexual violence. Be sure to watch Part 2 of Virginie's interview, where she talks about her hopes for women with IRC's help.
International Rescue Committee aid worker Virginie Tanou discusses her hopes for women in the wake of war with the help of IRC's programs. Be sure to watch Part 1 of her interview, as she talks about women's vulnerability the wake of conflict.
Millions of people around the world are uprooted from their homes by war and disaster. For those refugees who cannot return home, some have the chance to rebuild their lives in the United States. In the San Diego community, refugees from eight countries who have lost everything are working together to create something new. At the IRC New Roots Community Farm, refugees are embracing their human rights in even the simplest ways—in seeds and home-grown vegetables—as they build their lives in a new country.
Where there is the IRC, there is rescue for millions of refugees uprooted by war and disaster. From building a well in a desert to helping a woman tell her story, the IRC is working alongside communities to rebuild their lives.
In December 2008, the PBS show Worldfocus aired a story that featured the International Rescue Committee’s work assisting families displaced by the crisis in North Kivu, Congo. Reporter Michael J. Kavanagh met Pascal and Vestine, a young teacher and his wife, and their newborn daughter in a refugee camp.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child protects children. Only two nations in the world have yet to join the global community in ratifying this agreement: Somalia and the United States. Urge President Obama and Congress to ratify the convention without delay. Sign our petition at www.theIRC.org/rescueachild
With their courageous mother, Housseinatu and Hassanatou Bah traveled from their native Guinea to Senegal and ultimately to the US seeking safety. Now living in New York, the teenage sisters explain just how the IRC came to represent home to both of them.
When her parents gave their daughter a name that means a place of refuge they hardly imagined they would soon be seeking that very thing, running from the persecution they faced in their native Cuba for their political and religious beliefs. At nine, Oasis fled with them to Spain, eventually settled in Miami and became a caseworker for the International Rescue Committee, where she's since devoted her life to helping others like herself find their way on what she calls the refugee's flight of freedom.
Tom Schick, IRC board member and executive vice president for Corporate Affairs and Communications for the American Express Company, recalls an unexpected encounter with a taxi driver that made a profound impression on him. Find out how the gratitude of a recently resettled refugee provided Tom with his most memorable IRC experience.