The escalating crisis in Syria is forcing hundreds of thousands to flee their homes. As many as 150,000 refugees have found refuge in Jordan since the start of the conflict 17 months ago, with an average of 700 people crossing the desert border every night, 75% of them women and children. That’s up from about 30 new arrivals on any given night just two months ago. Syrian refugees are also streaming into Turkey, Lebanon, and Iraq by the thousands.
Meet two families in South Central Somalia whose lives and communities have been improved through International Rescue Committee projects helping drought and famine survivors make a living. The projects receive support from ECHO, European Commission - Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection.
“Water is life. If you don’t have water, you don’t have life,” says Fozia Ahmed Karshe. Fozia and Hawa Ali Ibrahim are both in their twenties and passionate about providing clean and safe water to their communities. I met them recently in Somalia. Born in Mogadishu, they fled the war for the relative safety of camps for displaced people in Galkacyo, central Somalia.
By Ned Colt
As Syria’s devastating civil war enters its third year, the International Rescue Committee is providing support to tens of thousands of refugees and displaced Syrians. The IRC's Ned Colt, based in Amman, Jordan, shared his perspective today in The Huffington Post.
By Sarah Wayne Callies
Actress and IRC Voice Sarah Wayne Callies is a long-time supporter of the International Rescue Committee. After writing about her experiences visiting IRC programmes in Thailand and the United States, she is turning her attention to the humanitarian crisis in Syria.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - When a catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010 – killing more than 200,000 people and leaving some 1.5 million homeless – the International Rescue Committee immediately dispatched our emergency team to help.