Around the world, a record 68.5 million people are uprooted by violence and persecution. In 2018 alone, we have seen desperate families who fled violence in Central America reaching the U.S. border in caravans. We've seen the Trump administration continue to pull back the nation's welcome back from refugees and asylum seekers. We've seen Syrians struggle to endure a civil war that has lasted more than seven years. And we've seen the conflict in Yemen spiral into the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
Since 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has been helping people whose lives are shattered by conflict and disaster. In these, the most-read stories we published on Rescue.org this year, IRC experts answer your questions about the year's humanitarian headlines:
Every day, people around the world make the difficult decision to leave their countries in search of safety and better lives. We explain who they are.
Aid workers describe how seven years of war in Syria have taken a catastrophic human toll and created one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time.
The application process to become a U.S. citizen can take a year or longer. IRC experts explain how U.S. immigration and naturalization work.
Since 2014, families have fled from rampant gang violence and other forms of persecution perpetrated in Central America. We explain why they have a right to seek asylum.
The war in Yemen is contributing to what the United Nations says could become "the worst famine in the world in 100 years." We look at why 22 million people need aid.
After the U.S. and its allies launched airstrikes in Syria following a suspected chemical attack on civilians on Apr. 7, the IRC advocated for three other options to save Syrian lives.
We look at an Oct. 10 Department of Homeland Security policy change proposal that would make it much more difficult for immigrants to build new lives in the the U.S.
With half Yemen's population on the brink of starvation, a recent IRC-comissioned poll shows that Democrats and Republicans are united in their desire to end U.S. support to fueling conflict.
What do economic and political chaos look like? We asked Venezuelans who are seeking safety and a new start to show us their lives.
An IRC aid worker in El Salvador describes the horrors that have been forcing individuals and families to flee to the U.S. border in caravans for protection.