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Close to 100,000 refugees from countries ravaged by war and violence have fled to Greece in the past six months — all of them seeking the safety of Europe. Two thirds of them have landed on the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos. The...

More than 80,000 refugees fleeing political violence in Burundi have arrived at the Nyarugusu refugee camp in northern Tanzania — one of the oldest and now largest refugee camps in the world. As Burundians await the results of controversial...

1933: A daring beginning On this day in 1933 The New York Times reported the founding of the organization that would grow to become today’s International Rescue Committee. That year a small group of concerned humanitarians from all walks...


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• 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...

IRC teams will develop infrastructure to provide access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for refugees on Lesbos with focus on local hiring and sourcing   IRC CEO: “Europe setting example of the wrong kind.” European Countries Should Provide Aid to Support Refugees The International Rescue Committee (IRC),...

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 two million uprooted from their homes by civil war. Unspeakable atrocities have been committed by...


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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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