Born in Ethiopia in 1956, Eskinder Negash enjoyed a happy childhood with his 12 brothers and sisters -- but that changed in 1974, when Emperor Haile Selassie was removed from power by a Soviet-backed military coup.
The communist regime executed dozens of Ethiopian leaders and persecuted potential opponents.
In 1980, Negash fled alone to Sudan, where he became the International Rescue Committee's (IRC) first staff member in that part of the country.
Hidden Voices: Urban Refugees is a video produced by the International Rescue Committee and MediaServe International. The short film highlights the daily struggles facing thousands of urban refugees living in the Kenyan capital city of Nairobi. In their own words, the refugees tell of how they face poverty, harassment and violence as they make their way in the urban environment.
Anne Richard, IRC's Vice President for Government Relations, thanks each person who signed our Violence Against Women Petition. She and her team delivered the petition to Congressional leaders personally, making sure they know that this issue is important to IRC supporters around the world.
In anticipation of World Health Day, the IRC is proud to share the latest video from the RAISE Initiative, of which IRC is a partner. This short video offers a glimpse into life as it is lived in situations of conflict and natural disaster to show why reproductive health care must be an integral part of basic humanitarian action.
For those refugees unable to safely return home in the wake of crisis, the International Rescue Committee offers a new beginning in the United States. From finding a safe home to learning a new language, the IRC is there as a guide and mentor at every step of the way.
In the chaos of conflict and disaster, women and girls can suffer unspeakable violence, exploitation and abuse. Urge leaders of Congress to support the International Violence Against Women Act to protect and empower women around the world. Sign the Petition: www.theIRC.org/stopviolence