Article by: Sophia Jones-Mwangi
by: Bob Kitchen
The International Rescue Committee is launching an emergency response in the West African country of Mali, where the drought spreading across the Sahel region has been compounded by political instability.
For Immediate Release – April 13, 2012
YIDA, South Sudan – A new wave of refugees fleeing South Kordofan in the Republic of Sudan is crossing the border into South Sudan as violence in the embattled region escalates and a humanitarian crisis worsens.
Many refugees are heading to Yida camp in South Sudan, just 15 miles (25 kilometers) south of the border, where aid workers with the International Rescue Committee estimate as many as 400 are arriving every day, up from an average of 50 a day a week earlier.
AMMAN, Jordan - 11 April 2012 - With more Syrian refugees fleeing ongoing violence at home, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is opening two health centres in border cities of Jordan where the influx has overburdened existing medical services.
Article & Photos: Sinziana Demian/The IRC
BUNAGANA, DR Congo - As day broke, 35-year-old Bernadette* ardently started preparing for the big celebration—International Women’s Day—an event held every March 8 to raise awareness about violence against women. She donned a new pagne, a dress made from traditional waxed-cotton fabric, mounted her young baby on her back, and hurried to meet several dozen other women at the village centre, walking with a light step and a smile on her face.
For Immediate Release - 5, April, 2012
The International Rescue Committee is scaling up health and nutrition programmes in Chad and dispatching emergency experts to Mali as millions of people in these countries and across the drought-ravaged Sahel region face a growing humanitarian disaster.
Erratic and meager rains, poor harvests, food shortages and high food prices have led to rising levels of malnutrition and hunger in countries across West and Central Africa.
The International Rescue Committee is deploying an emergency team to Mali to set up urgent humanitarian aid programmes as drought ravages the country and flaring violence and political instability force thousands from their homes.
Photo: A Syrian refugee family in the streets of one of Jordan's largest cities. The vast majority of Syrians who've fled to Jordan and Lebanon have become "Urban Refugees," and are scattered throughout the countries' cities.
Article and photo: Ned Colt/The IRC