At the end of July 2010, Pakistan was hit by the worst floods in its recent history. One year on, thousands of Pakistanis are still struggling to recover and rebuild their lives. Photos by Reuters/Adrees Latif and the International Rescue Committee's Peter Biro
IRC Voice Rashida Jones visits the Tham Hin camp in Thailand, where the International Rescue Committee is the sole provider of health care and drinking water to Burmese refugees who have lived in the camp for years.
Claire Bernard, vice president of the Mariposa Foundation, shares the experience of meeting courageous women in the International Rescue Committee's gender-based violence counseling centers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She calls on everyone to keep public attention on this issue through awareness.
Eric Schwartz, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration, shares his first hand experience traveling in Chad. At a refugee camp, he witnessed the powerful role that women can play in the decision-making process to transform the communities and societies they live in.
36 million refugees live in camps worldwide. Half of them are children. Learn how the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is helping children to survive and thrive in the midst of conflict and disaster -- and meet two women who are a driving force behind this work: Jodie Eastman and Susan Patricof. Both were honored at the IRC's Children's Lunch on May 17, 2011.
Thong Nguyen's father was a ranking member of the South Vietnamese military and in 1975, with Saigon about to fall to the North Vietnamese army, flight was the only option. The family reached New York, and for a year, Nguyen, his parents and five siblings lived in a small apartment on the Upper West Side. Nguyen later won a scholarship to Columbia, earning a mechanical engineering degree, then an MBA.
After Trinh Doan’s home city of Da Nang fell to the North Vietnamese in 1975, her father – a university professor – was sentenced to indefinite house arrest. In 1979, her family fled, making a two-week voyage in a wooden boat to Hong Kong, where they got help from the IRC. Two years later an IRC representative met their plane on a chilly October day in Green Bay, Wisconsin.