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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…

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Statement by President of International Rescue Committee (IRC) David Miliband after four-day visit to Chad and Cameroon

Across the Lake Chad region, the lives and livelihoods of 10 million people are threatened by this new reality

David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee said: “I traveled to Chad and Cameroon to meet IRC staff and witness the modern face of humanitarian crisis: multiple fronts of conflict, growing displacement and poverty all deteriorating thanks to the undeniable impact of climate change.  Across the Lake…

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New International Rescue Committee Report: less than $2 of help for each woman or girl at risk of gender based violence

IRC President and CEO David Miliband says humanitarian efforts need a feminist approach

GBV services accounted for just 0.12% of the $41.5 billion allocated for humanitarian funding from 2016-2018; two-thirds of GBV requests went unfunded, even while research shows that requests are far from meeting need; IRC calls for funding levels to be tripled and announces its new feminist approach to deliver humanitarian…

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As Ebola cases spike, IRC’s David Miliband visits DRC: “The situation is far more dangerous than the statistic of 1000 deaths, itself the second largest in history, suggests”

Ebola response needs major reset to earn trust of local people

Over 1600 cases, over 1000 deaths have now been recorded;The April number alone (406 cases) would be the fourth largest outbreak in history; Ebola response needs major reset to earn trust of local people. The ongoing Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has killed 1,074 people. In…

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Unprecedented number of people forced to flee home in Burkina Faso; International Rescue Committee (IRC) launches response

The west African nation is experiencing a period of escalating violence, leading to the country’s greatest displacement crisis in recorded history

Since July violence involving militant groups has displaced almost 150,000 people in Burkina Faso -- and numbers continue to rise as violence continues; the IRC conducted an assessment and spoke to over 320 people to understand the needs of displaced people in Djibo, Sahel region; people report that they most…

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Attack on International Rescue Committee (IRC) supported hospital in DRC leads to loss of life; IRC Ebola responders caught in violence

With more than 13 million people in need of aid, DRC is one of the world’s most complex, chronic and long-standing humanitarian crises

Three IRC staff caught up in attack that led to tragic loss of life of an Ebola Response staff member; IRC stands with the community and sister organizations in mourning this attack; To date more than 1,290 people have contracted Ebola since the outbreak began in August 2018; Outbreak is…

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International Rescue Committee (IRC) calls for action from Europe and US as conflict in Tripoli, Libya worsens

Global leaders have been unable to present a united front in the face of the violence

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is concerned by increasing fighting around Tripoli, Libya, which last night claimed the lives of 11 civilians and injured 22, including an IRC staff member. Global leaders have been unable to present a united front in the face of the violence. The IRC is calling on European…