Gillian Dunn, director of the IRC's emergency response unit, describes the lifesaving assistance the IRC provides in the wake of conflict or natural disaster, and our long-term commitment to helping communities recover and rebuild.
From the IRC archive (2005): In the weeks after the December 2004 tsunami, survivors in devastated Aceh province, Indonesia, who were made homeless by the waves, found themselves in often crowded living conditions that put them at an increased risk for many kinds of infectious disease. The IRC responded immediately with emergency medical care and water and sanitation programs that dramatically reduced the potential for mass outbreaks.
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.