• The IRC continues to respond to the drought crisis in the Horn of Africa.

    The IRC continues to respond to the drought crisis in the Horn of Africa.
  • Supporting governance and rights is one of our areas of expertise in the many countries we work in.

    Supporting governance and rights is one of our areas of expertise in the many countries we work in.
  • The IRC has worked in Somalia for many years, providing emergency relief and clean water.

    The IRC has worked in Somalia for many years, providing emergency relief and clean water.
  • The IRC supports livelihoods and small businesses countries like Sierra Leone and Kenya.

    The IRC supports livelihoods and small businesses countries like Sierra Leone and Kenya.
  • The IRC provides awareness raising and training to help people be safe and rebuild their communities.

    The IRC provides awareness raising and training to help people be safe and rebuild their communities.
  • The IRC works in numerous countries around the world, supporting communities to get back on their feet.

    The IRC works in numerous countries around the world, supporting communities to get back on their feet.
  • Education and keeping children and young people safe is key to building a safer world.

    Education and keeping children and young people safe is key to building a safer world.
  • The IRC reaches rural areas with mobile health clinics, emergency relief and other necessities.

    The IRC reaches rural areas with mobile health clinics, emergency relief and other necessities.

International

by Dr. Sein Hlaing, the International Rescue Committee's senior health coordinator in Myanmar PALETWA, Myanmar — As the sun sets behind the steep mountains rising above this small community, a group of women gather in a small, barely lit...

The International Rescue Committee confirms with great sadness that two members of our South Sudan staff were killed last Thursday in a horrific attack on a U.N. base in the town of Bor, where thousands of civilians have sought shelter from...

Article and photography: Peter Biro/The IRC   Nyanen Ruot was at home preparing a meal last December when without warning she heard the deafening sound of heavy machine gun fire. Looking out of her small thatched hut, she saw people screaming...


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by Dr. Sein Hlaing, the International Rescue Committee's senior health coordinator in Myanmar PALETWA, Myanmar — As the sun sets behind the steep mountains rising above this small community, a group of women gather in a small, barely lit...

The International Rescue Committee confirms with great sadness that two members of our South Sudan staff were killed last Thursday in a horrific attack on a U.N. base in the town of Bor, where thousands of civilians have sought shelter from...

Article and photography: Peter Biro/The IRC   Nyanen Ruot was at home preparing a meal last December when without warning she heard the deafening sound of heavy machine gun fire. Looking out of her small thatched hut, she saw people screaming...


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The International Rescue Committee's Peter Biro reports from the Central African Republic, where political chaos and rampant violence threaten millions of people without making global headlines. The IRC has worked in the country — one of...

The International Rescue Committee is one of only a few international humanitarian organisations working in the often-overlooked Al-Hasakah region of eastern Syria, where a lack of basic services and security has made the delivery of food and...

By Sarah Smith The numbers of children affected by the Syrian crisis are almost impossible to fathom: over three million inside Syria, more than one million living in exile in neighbouring countries. Most have experienced or witnessed horrific...


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In the UK

Every 60 seconds a woman dies in childbirth - often from preventable causes. That's why the International Rescue Committee works tirelessly to train midwifes in life-saving maternal health care to help pregnant women. Women like Arek from...

"If I stand tall it is because I stand on the shoulders of giants. Irish women before me pushed to keep their jobs after getting married, they fought for equal pay for equal work and for many other rights. However, many woman remain...

During the summer of 2013, IRC-UK's campaign On Solid Ground was exhibited in the courtyard of St Martin in the Fields, London. We took a camera to the exhibition to record the British public's reactions to the exhibition and to hear their...


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Recorded Social Good Summit panel: Syria: Refugees, Faith & the Citizen Voice "Never underestimate the importance of bearing witness. The ability of social media to help bear witness to unspeakable crimes against humanity is one of the...

by Mairi MacRae My name is Mairi and I work for the IRC as a Women’s Protection and Empowerment Advocate. People often ask me what advocacy actually means or what I do all day as an ‘advocate’. In a nutshell, my job is to influence...

The challenges faced by the 6 million refugees now living in towns and cities across the world are captured in a new multimedia photo exhibition and film project launched in London this past week. The project includes a series of photo-portraits and...


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Multimedia

Calls for Robust International Engagement The International Rescue Committee welcomes the UN Security Council’s decision today to authorize a UN peacekeeping operation in the Central African Republic (CAR). Since the outbreak of conflict there 18 months ago, hundreds of thousands of civilians have been forced to flee their homes, and an...

by Sanjayan Srikanthan, Emergency Field Director, IRC-UK The first question I am often asked as the International Rescue Committee’s Emergency Field Director is “what is it that you do”?! I am just one member of a team of experts who are able to deploy to a crisis zone, providing emergency lifesaving support to people in...

In April 1994, a sudden escalation in ethnic violence in Rwanda led to the massacre of some 800,000 men, women and children over a period of 100 days. Millions of Rwandans fled their homes, many to crowded refugee camps in neighbouring countries. In this video, Pierre Nzeyimana, the International Rescue Committee's programme coordinator for...


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As part of our ongoing efforts to evaluate the impact of our work and use the knowledge gained to improve our programmes, the International Rescue Committee has partnered with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Balsillie...

My name is Viviane Maroy Bora, I am a psychosocial counsellor for the IRC in the Democratic Republic of Congo and I work with women and girls who have experienced violence, helping them on the road to recovery. You may have read about the Democratic...

Tens of thousands of refugees seeking safety in Kenya's capital Nairobi are confronted with police harassment, exposure to criminal violence and a severe lack of livelihoods opportunities says a new report by the Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG...


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Perfect storm of food crisis and conflict brewing in South Sudan

Between 2007 and 2010, Sir John Holmes – then UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs – visited Southern Sudan three times as it struggled toward independence amid problems of conflict, lack of capacity and food insecurity. Last week he returned to the world’s...

Major displacement crisis continues as U.S. troops leave Iraq

BBC News coverage of U.S. troops' withdrawal from Iraq in December last year, mentioning IRC's concerns about the displacement crisis still affecting millions of Iraqis.

In pictures: displacement, violence and the IRC's work in central Somalia

Picture gallery by IRC photographer Peter Biro published on the BBC News site, portraying the plight of the displaced and the ongoing violence in Central Somalia

Women raped while fleeing South Kordofan conflict

The International Rescue Committee has observed that alarming levels of sexual violence are being reported by women and girls who have fled conflict in Sudan's South Kordofan area.

"Violence against us was happening all the time. Raping was happening frequently," one refugee...

Nubian refugees subjected to widespread sexual violence while fleeing fighting in Sudan

Elizabeth Pender, the IRC’s expert on violence against women in emergency, interviewed on BBC Network Africa. 

Hip-hop, SMS and Facebook: The new way of tackling violence against women in Côte d'Ivoire

The very word 'survivor' is used deliberately to dispel the passivity and hopelessness usually associated with the term 'victim'. This is a campaign where language matters. To shake deep-rooted assumptions about men's and women's role in relation to violence, the IRC is...

Sudan 'arming civilians' to fight South Kordofan rebels

Sudan is arming civilians in South Kordofan as fighting against rebels in the state that borders South Sudan intensifies, the BBC has found. Meanwhile, the International Rescue Committee says a new wave of refugees has fled South Kordofan to South Sudan.


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