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Targeted by violence, Syrian refugee women don't know where to turn for help

As many as 150,000 refugees have found refuge in Jordan since the start of the Syrian conflict 17 months ago, 75% of them women and children.  International Rescue Committee (IRC) vice president Michael Kocher recently testified before the US Congress about the unmet humanitarian needs of Syrians who have fled the escalating violence in their country. The following is an excerpt of his remarks:


International newsVoices from the field Mon, 11/06/2012 - 16:19

"It could be any one of us": Supporting Syria's women refugees

Violence against Syrians has continued to escalate over the past few weeks, with more than 100 people killed in Houla according to the U.N., including 34 women and 49 children. The IRC continues to support displaced Syrian women and families in Jordan. Learn more about our work below from Asmaa Donahue, a technical advisor with the IRC’s Women’s Protection and Empowerment Team.

Article by Asmaa Donahue, Photography Ned Colt/The IRC


International news Sat, 14/03/2009 - 13:25

IRC Planning to Distribute Water Tanks and Launch Hygiene Campaign in War-ravaged Gaza Strip

The International Rescue Committee is preparing a relief effort that will help Palestinians in war-ravaged Gaza gain access to much-needed water. Alan Manski, the IRC’s senior emergency coordinator, who is planning the effort from Jerusalem, said that the IRC will provide water storage tanks to homes without access to potable water. "Tanks on the roofs of buildings which normally supply households with water have been destroyed by bullets and shrapnel," Manski said.


Press releases Sat, 14/03/2009 - 13:25

Gaza Crisis: IRC Funds Urgent Supplies for Overwhelmed Hospitals

The International Rescue Committee is working with partners to deliver urgently needed supplies to hospitals and other centres providing humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza. With IRC funds, the Jordan River Foundation will be procuring desperately needed drugs, medical equipment and other vital items that are in short supply in Gaza as the humanitarian crisis worsens. Meanwhile, the IRC is dispatching emergency aid specialists to the Palestinian Territories this week with a view toward expanding relief activities in the area.


International news Sat, 14/03/2009 - 13:25

Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

The International Rescue Committee joins the United Nations and others in the humanitarian aid community in calling on all parties in the Gaza crisis to adhere to international humanitarian law and ensure that civilians have full access to medical care and other humanitarian assistance. News reports today indicate that more than 570 Palestinians, many of them women and children, have been killed in the violence that began on 27 December following the breakdown of a six-month ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.


International news Mon, 02/02/2009 - 09:07

IRC planning to distribute water tanks and launch hygiene campaign in war-ravaged Gaza strip

The International Rescue Committee is preparing a relief effort that will help Palestinians in war-ravaged Gaza gain access to much-needed water. Alan Manski, the IRC’s senior emergency coordinator, who is planning the effort from Jerusalem, said that the IRC will provide water storage tanks to homes without access to potable water. "Tanks on the roofs of buildings which normally supply households with water have been destroyed by bullets and shrapnel," Manski said.


Press releases Thu, 08/01/2009 - 17:16

Gaza Crisis: IRC Funds Urgent Supplies for Overwhelmed Hospitals

The International Rescue Committee is working with partners to deliver urgently needed supplies to hospitals and other centres providing humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza. With IRC funds, the Jordan River Foundation will be procuring desperately needed drugs, medical equipment and other vital items that are in short supply in Gaza as the humanitarian crisis worsens. Meanwhile, the IRC is dispatching emergency aid specialists to the Palestinian Territories this week with a view toward expanding relief activities in the area.


Press releases Thu, 08/01/2009 - 09:37

Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

The International Rescue Committee joins the United Nations and others in the humanitarian aid community in calling on all parties in the Gaza crisis to adhere to international humanitarian law and ensure that civilians have full access to medical care and other humanitarian assistance. News reports today indicate that more than 570 Palestinians, many of them women and children, have been killed in the violence that began on 27 December following the breakdown of a six-month ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.


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