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Rescuing lives worldwide

The IRC responds to some of the world's worst crises, delivering aid that saves lives while paving the way for long-term recovery.

We serve

people whose lives have been upended by war, conflict and natural disasters

We work

in countries where people don’t have the support they need to recover from crisis

We respond

within 72 hours, staying to help countries stabilize and people rebuild their lives

We resettle

refugees in the United States, whilst using our expertise to advocate for Europe to do more

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Press updates

Why the IRC

[The IRC] has served the world for generations. I am a proud supporter of this splendid, hard-working, efficient, beautiful organisation—and I hope that you will join me.

Meryl Streep

Rescue stories

  • Everyone has ideas - refugees, citizens - we all have dreams, but we don’t know how to realise them. It’s important to have help to make your dream come true."
    Meet Moussa: refugee, chef and entrepreneur. He's planning to open Athens' first Ivorian restaurant.
  • If the war in Syria ends ... we’ll think about going back, but for now, we have settled here in Jordan. I want to enhance our lives here. I want to keep volunteering. I want to give my children a good life and an education."
    Amira volunteers with the IRC to bring lifesaving health care to fellow Syrian refugees in Jordan
  • Education is light; if you don’t seek it, you will be left in the dark."
    If Mahmoud Ahmad Al Fadel could give one piece of advice to the world, this would be it. His favourite proverb has relevance for many Syrian children, like himself, displaced by war.