• IRC addresses urgent health concerns of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda

    IRC addresses urgent health concerns of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda
  • Inside the Iraq crisis: Mother gives birth in a bathroom

    Inside the Iraq crisis: Mother gives birth in a bathroom
  • International Rescue Committee honours World Humanitarian Day

    International Rescue Committee honours World Humanitarian Day
  • We have 500 days left to get 58 million children back in school - IRC takes the pledge

    We have 500 days left to get 58 million children back in school - IRC takes the pledge
  • A week without food or water; Iraqi families find refuge in a school

    A week without food or water; Iraqi families find refuge in a school
  • International Rescue Committee selected as Financial Times 2014 seasonal appeal partner

    International Rescue Committee selected as Financial Times 2014 seasonal appeal partner
  • Doctors in Somalia protecting survivors of sexual assault

    Doctors in Somalia protecting survivors of sexual assault

International

Zaeemah and her husband have been married for 10 years and were once very much in love. “I used to sneak out at night to see him or crawl into a cupboard in my parent’s house so I could call and talk to him in private,” she says...

Last weekend, Bob Donaldson completed an epic 969 mile cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats in nine days on a 24 year-old bicycle to raise money to support the global fundraising partnership between Reed and the IRC.  Bob, who...

Fifteen-year-old Sabeen had big dreams. She wanted to finish school and become a fashion designer. But instead, she was forced to get married. “One day I came home to my father arguing with my mother, saying it was time for me to get married....


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Zaeemah and her husband have been married for 10 years and were once very much in love. “I used to sneak out at night to see him or crawl into a cupboard in my parent’s house so I could call and talk to him in private,” she says...

Fifteen-year-old Sabeen had big dreams. She wanted to finish school and become a fashion designer. But instead, she was forced to get married. “One day I came home to my father arguing with my mother, saying it was time for me to get married....

Public schools in Manhattan, New York welcomed 150,000 children back to school this autumn.  These children, adorned with new school shoes and backpacks, entered a system known for the challenges it faces: high dropout, poor performance,...


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Sifa Mateso’s father passed away when she was in primary school. Her mother was left alone to care for her and her sibling. At age 14, Sifa decided to get married. “I thought I could make a better life and assist my mother and my sibling...

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, girls lacking in educational opportunities are at risk of early marriage and pregnancy, which is reinforcing cycles of poverty and hindering the country’s development. The International Rescue Committee...

The United Nations is on course to deploy 10,000 peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) in September, Herve Ladsous, head of the UN’s peacekeeping operations, confirmed in Geneva on Wednesday. However, the success of the...


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In the UK

Last weekend, Bob Donaldson completed an epic 969 mile cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats in nine days on a 24 year-old bicycle to raise money to support the global fundraising partnership between Reed and the IRC.  Bob, who...

The Financial Times has chosen the International Rescue Committee for its 2014-2015 charity seasonal appeal. FT appeals have raised over £14 million for charities over the last eight years, including Action Against Hunger, Camfed, Room to Read...

The IRC-UK and Gender Action for Peace and Security are holding a roundtable and photo exhibition on violence against women and girls in emergencies, focusing on the Central African Republic (CAR).    The roundtable event will highlight...


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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

15 Sep 2014 - Bangui –Today’s long-awaited deployment of 7,500 United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) gives the hope of safety to civilians who have long been the target of violence and atrocities from armed groups. However, to ensure basic security and protection reaches those most in need, the peacekeepers...

Statement from David Miliband, International Rescue Committee president and CEO, on 3 million Syrian refugees announcement: "The three million refugees from the Syria conflict represent three million indictments of government brutality, opposition violence and international failure. This appalling milestone needs to generate action as well...

The Financial Times has chosen the International Rescue Committee for its 2014-2015 charity seasonal appeal. FT appeals have raised over £14 million for charities over the last eight years, including Action Against Hunger, Camfed, Room to Read, Sightsavers, The Global Fund for Children, Wateraid and World Child Cancer. The annual appeal runs...


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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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