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More than 340,000 people have fled to Europe over the past year to escape conflict or persecution in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Most have fled the brutal civil war in Syria, now in its fifth year. The International Rescue...

For more than 80 years the International Rescue Committee has been helping refugees fleeing war and persecution to find safety and rebuild their lives.  All of us at the IRC are appalled both at the scale of suffering around the world...

Recent flash floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains have claimed more than 200 lives and displaced nearly 1.8 million people in 5,600 villages across northern and southwestern Pakistan. According to the country’s natural disaster...


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31 Aug 2015 - Lesbos - The arrival of an estimated 4,000 refugees on Lesbos, Greece on Saturday and comparatively high numbers on Sunday, has overwhelmed the collective response effort on the island, says the International Rescue Committee. Similar numbers are expected every day in the week ahead. Given the record...

A dramatic increase in the number of refugees arriving in Lesbos and a lack of available space on ferries to the mainland risks leaving thousands stranded and overwhelming the limited support on the island, warns the International Rescue Committee. Around 2,000 people are arriving on Lesbos each day, more than a three-fold increase on last...

• International coordination needed to identify and help all arrivals • Aid still slow in arriving at Kara Tepe transit camp • The IRC able to provide interviews and meet with media at Kara Tepe LESBOS, GREECE—The lack of basic assistance provided to refugees as they arrive ashore on Lesbos is a serious concern, says the...


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The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is deploying emergency experts to Egypt and Tunisia to support relief efforts, as tens of thousands of people stream into the two countries to escape worsening turmoil in Libya. The UN Refugee Agency says the...

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is sending members of its Emergency Response Team to Tunisia to survey the humanitarian needs of thousands of people pouring into the country to escape violence in neighbouring Libya. Veteran team leader Alan...

The International Rescue Committee has aid teams ready to assist people fleeing violence in Libya should a refugee crisis evolve. "We're watching the situation in Libya and surrounding areas very closely," says Gillian Dunn, the head...


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Today, as South Sudan marks the anniversary of its independence, the new nation is engulfed by a growing humanitarian crisis. Hopes for a peaceful future expressed four years ago are now dashed. Thousands of people have been killed, and more than...

The International Rescue Committee’s Emergency Field Director, Sanj Srikanthan, recently returned from six weeks in Liberia where he was supporting the organization’s 163 staff to tackle the Ebola epidemic. In this two part series, he...

The International Rescue Committee’s Emergency Field Director, Sanj Srikanthan, recently returned from six weeks in Liberia where he was supporting the organization’s 163 staff to tackle the Ebola epidemic. In this two part series, he...


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