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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.
Since it separated from Sudan on July 9 last year, South Sudan has been beset by a “perfect storm” of natural and man-made disasters. Communities already struggling to recover are now hosting an extra half a million uprooted people.
With the crumbling of a U.N. brokered ceasefire and a following upsurge in violence, the security situation in Syria is deteriorating. The IRC has expanded aid efforts in Jordan following an influx of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees.
Mali is facing a complex humanitarian crisis: the drought that has swept across the Sahel region has hit the south of the country particularly hard and is estimated to have affected 3.5 million people. Furthermore, the outbreak of armed conflict in northern Mali in January was then accelerated by a March coup d'etat that unseated the President and has left the government in an unstable, transitional status. Approximately 340,000 people have been displaced both internally and to the neighbouring countries of Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania. The International Rescue Committee began a multi-faceted emergency response in Mali in April 2012.