Two years after the start of what has become a full-fledged civil war, the crisis in Syria threatens the entire Middle East with a humanitarian disaster. More than 1 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries, and thousands more are crossing borders every day.
In June of 2010, the International Rescue Committee launched an emergency response to deadly violence in Kyrgyzstan in the wake of clashes between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks which left hundreds dead in four days of looting and burning in the south of the country. Since autumn of 2010, the IRC has implemented dozens of small quick impact projects, and provided job training and individual grants to those in the most hard-hit communities- aimed both at rebuilding communities and infrastructure.
Mali is struggling to cope with a prolonged drought and food crisis that is affecting large areas of the Sahel region of West Africa. The crisis has been made worse by a spreading internal conflict. On World Food Day, the International Rescue Committee's Peter Biro reports on the worsening crisis and what the IRC is doing to help. Posted on October 16, 2012
[A doctor is seeing to infant patients in a small health center.]
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.