In a moment, an outbreak of war or the threat of violence and persecution can turn lives upside down—driving millions from their homes, tearing apart families and destroying communities. When catastrophe hits, the International Rescue Committee is often one of the first humanitarian aid organisations on the scene—providing rapid and effective aid that saves lives, reduces suffering, restores dignity and jumpstarts recovery.
Decades of conflict have left the Central African Republic one of the world's poorest countries. Near anarchy in the wake of the most recent coup, and plagued by ongoing clashes, it is now facing a food crisis.
In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the IRC is focusing on urgent water, sanitation, hygiene and health needs in the Philippines -- along with programmes that will put some money back into people’s pockets and help to revitalise the local economy.
The International Rescue Committee is marshalling a humanitarian response to help the thousands of people crossing Syria’s borders every day, as well as those trapped by the violence inside the country. We provide medical and other critical aid, help women and girl victims of violence, and ensure refugees have access to their legal rights.