From PBS Independent Lens - One Girl's Long Road to School and Safety in Sierra Leone: Agnes Libbi Smith lost her father during the civil war in Sierra Leone and her mother when she was 13 years old. Finding herself homeless, Agnes was physically abused and raped by a teacher who promised her an education. Finally breaking free and seeking help at the Rainbo Center with Amie Kandeh and the International Rescue Committee, Agnes hopes to become a doctor and help others.
George Rupp talks about the ripple effects of gender inequality for the Half the Sky movement. George Rupp has been president of the International Rescue Committee since July 2002. As the IRC's chief executive officer, Dr. Rupp oversees the agency's relief and development operations in over 40 countries and its refugee resettlement and assistance programs throughout the United States.
Some 36 million refugees are living in camps around the world. Half are under the age of 18. In the wake of conflicts or disaster, the International Rescue Committee implements healing classrooms where children can recover, grow and develop.
The International Rescue Committee's Amie Kandeh, a leading advocate in Sierra Leone for women's rights and protection, is featured in the documentary Half the Sky on PBS. Amie helped open three centers in Sierra Leone to aid survivors of sexual assault. She has also pioneered innovative programs that aim to end violence and empower women and girls.
Sudan’s decades-long civil war has left South Sudan, which became an independent state last year, without a functioning health system or trained personnel. As a result, the new nation has one of the world’s highest rates of maternal mortality: More than 2,000 mothers die for every 100,000 live births.
Where are the voices of women and girls in conflict zones? Where are their voices in decisions that affect their lives? These questions motivated the International Rescue Committee and writer/photographer Ann Jones to produce "A Global Crescendo: Womens Voices from Conflict Zones" in 2007 and 2008. Through photography, women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire), Sierra Leone and Thailand documented their lives and made their voices heard, both locally and globally.
Actress and IRC VoiceSarah Wayne Callies recently visited Thai camps on the border with Myanmar, also known as Burma, where the International Rescue Committee assists Burmese refugees who have fled conflict and economic hardship at home. Here are some of her impressions from the third day of her visit. (Posted March 28,2012)
Actress and IRC VoiceSarah Wayne Callies recently visited Thai camps on the border with Myanmar, also known as Burma, where the International Rescue Committee assists Burmese refugees who have fled conflict and economic hardship at home. Here are some of her impressions from the second day of her visit. (Posted March 27, 2012)