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Injured civilians attacked while being rushed to hospital for life saving care in International Rescue Committee (IRC) ambulance

South Sudan remains one of the most dangerous places for aid workers

After fighting broke out between two opposing groups in  Panyijar County, South Sudan, an IRC ambulance carrying civilians severely injured in the fighting was attacked. While all IRC staff are safe civilians were killed and injured in the fighting that broke out on Tuesday evening. Martin Omukuba, South Sudan Country…

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2020: Majority of lives at risk concentrated in 20 countries

Yemen, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Syria at greatest risk of humanitarian crisis in 2020, warn International Rescue Committee (IRC) experts

New analysis by experts from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) shows Yemen is the country most at risk of humanitarian catastrophe in 2020, for the second year in a row, followed by DRC and Syria;The countries on the list have changed little since last year, demonstrating the collective failure of…

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The LEGO Foundation awards US$100 Million Grant to the International Rescue Committee to bring Learning through Play to children impacted by crises in Ethiopia and Uganda

Through this initiative, IRC and its partners will work in Ethiopia and Uganda, with the potential of expanding to a third country in East Africa

Today, the LEGO Foundation is awarding a US$100 million grant to a consortium led by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to promote play-based, early learning solutions for pre-primary and primary school aged children impacted by the humanitarian crises in East Africa and living in Ethiopia and Uganda. This major initiative,…

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As displacement spikes in Burkina Faso, International Rescue Committee (IRC) assessment finds risk of growing health crisis

The assessment found 70% of the households surveyed in the north of Burkina Faso are feeding their children twice a day, a drop from an average of 3-4 meals per day

Renewed violence in Burkina Faso since July 2019 has brought the total number of displaced people to almost half a million, including over 200,000 children; an IRC assessment found evidence of reduced access to healthcare, coupled with increased risk of disease outbreak and malnutrition crisis; an estimated 133,000 children under…

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Heavy rains and flooding wreak havoc across East Africa as another storm makes its way to the region

International Rescue Committee (IRC) teams in Somalia are on alert and preparing for disaster as tropical storm Kyarr makes its way towards Puntland

The IRC is assessing the damage and launching immediate responses to help those most impacted by the storms in Kenya, South Sudan and Somalia. IRC teams in Somalia are on alert and preparing for disaster as tropical storm Kyarr makes its way towards Puntland. As tropical storm Kyarr makes its…

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Any let up in Ebola response could risk escalation of outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), warns International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Many of the areas in which the disease is now present represent a significant challenge to the response due to their remoteness and poor infrastructure

As the daily number of reported Ebola cases continues to be in single digits, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) reaffirms that we must double down on our efforts to reach zero cases. Any let up in the response could risk a flare up of cases, and in turn prolong the…

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As Areas of South Sudan Face Famine Conditions, the Unity Government Must Adhere to November Deadline and Immediately Work to Address Food Insecurity in the Country

Years of conflict and fighting have led to 6.35 million people without access to sufficient food, including over 1 million children suffering from acute malnutrition and 10,000 people living in famine conditions

As South Sudan nears the November deadline for the formation of a unity government, the IRC calls on all actors to drive the peace process forward and address the terrible food insecurity affecting 6.35 million South Sudanese people, including over 1 million acutely malnourished children.  Martin Omukaba, South Sudan Country…

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One year into the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, city of Goma faces risk of spread

The city of Goma has seen its second confirmed death as the result of infection which could lead to the first active transmission of the disease inside the regional capital

One year on since the Ebola outbreak was first declared in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo the disease continues to spread with 2,690 cases and 1,803 deaths, a 67% case fatality rate. The city of Goma has seen its second confirmed death as the result of infection which could…

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Drought and conflict leave 8.7 million people hungry in Somalia and South Sudan

The failure of the long rains in Somalia and impact of the war in South Sudan have led to massive displacement, limiting agriculture opportunities, increasing food prices and inflation

Severe drought and ongoing violence in East Africa has put 8.7 million people in Somalia and South Sudan at risk of severe food insecurity. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is calling for early action and increased support to avert famine, especially in South Sudan and Somalia. The failure of the…

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Shipwreck off the coast of Libya has claimed the lives of 150 people

This is a stark reminder of the humanitarian crisis emerging out of the country, and of the urgent need for search and rescue missions to be resumed in the Mediterranean Sea

A shipwreck off the coast of Libya has claimed the lives of 150 refugees and migrants, the most recent incident in a line of tragedies in the Mediterranean Sea. This is a stark reminder of the humanitarian crisis emerging out of the country, and of the urgent need for search…