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The IRC is extremely concerned about the safety of migrants and refugees being returned to Libya

The total of those returned to Libya so far this year is approximately 7,000 people

The IRC is extremely concerned about the safety of migrants and refugees being returned to Libya, following a huge spike in the number brought back by the Libyan Coast Guard this weekend. Since Thursday, the IRC’s teams have responded to four disembarkations in the west of the country, providing medical…

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The IRC condemns the multiple attacks against civilians in Niger that have killed over 200 people in just ten days

The IRC has mobilized its teams in Niger who are carrying out assessments for displaced populations and affected families in need of protection support

The International Rescue Committee condemns the multiple senseless attacks on civilian populations by armed groups in the Tahoua and Tilabery regions of Niger. In the last ten days alone, three attacks in Banibangou, Tahoua and Abala have caused the deaths of least 200 civilians, including at least 28 children. The…

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As new Ebola outbreaks emerge in the DRC and Guinea, the IRC calls for swift action and funding for frontline aid agencies to stop the spread

Beating Ebola in North Kivu now will be doubly complicated given the impacts of COVID-19

As a fourth case of Ebola is confirmed in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is extremely concerned that another Ebola outbreak in the area will devastate a community still reeling from the last outbreak, fighting COVID-19 and seeing increasing violence and food insecurity. The last outbreak in…

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Devastation following Cyclone Eloise may cause disruptions to containment of soaring COVID-19 cases in Zimbabwe, warns International Rescue Committee (IRC)

10,424 COVID-19 cases and 280 deaths that were recorded on 3 December 2020 have since tripled to 33,388 confirmed cases, and 1,217 deaths as of 1st February 2020

As Zimbabwe battles surging cases and deaths from COVID-19 and fears of a new variant, tropical Cyclone Eloise has devastated COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures. In past weeks the triple threat of COVID-19 cases, the arrival of the new variant and the storm which caused the people of Zimbabwe to…

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As thousands more fleeing conflict in Ethiopia arrive in Eastern Sudan, the IRC scales up emergency response to protect women and children

Ethiopia’s Tigray region has been experiencing an intense bout of conflict since early November which has forced over 60,000 refugees to seek refuge in Eastern Sudan

Following major conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, over 60,000 refugees have fled over the border to Eastern Sudan; with thousands having arrived over the weekend. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is working with the Sudanese authorities to roll out emergency services to meet additional needs in both Um Rakuba…

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Rising food insecurity pushing people into famine conditions in South Sudan, warns International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Increasing risk of famine amidst the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing more than 7 million people into hunger

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is extremely concerned about the counties in South Sudan where an increasing risk of famine amidst the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing more than 7 million people into hunger. Food insecurity is rising amidst massive displacement of civilians resulting from a perfect storm of crises; the…

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As COVID-19 increases global food insecurity, less children are receiving nutrition support across conflict-affected states

The knock-on effects of COVID-19 have led to a global food insecurity crisis, with 265 million people projected to experience life-threatening levels of hunger this year alone

A new analysis by the International Rescue Committee finds that the number of children receiving treatment for malnutrition has decreased across conflict-affected countries, despite increasing food insecurity reported globally, indicating that life-saving treatments have been less accessible to families during the COVID-19 pandemic; The number of patients seeking care for…

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Coronavirus - Ethiopia: Twelve fold increase in Ethiopia COVID-19 cases, severe weather and locusts creating massive need in Ethiopia, warns International Rescue Committee (IRC)

IRC is working to safeguard the lives of affected and at-risk communities from the COVID-19 pandemic by raising community awareness on COVID-19 risk factors

COVID-19, flooding and the locusts outbreak are creating a humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia with many people unable to meet their daily food needs. Recent heavy rainfall has led to flooding, resulting in destruction of crops, loss of livestock and displacement. Swarms of multiplying desert locusts have also been destroying pastures…

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International Rescue Committee (IRC) launches response to Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as new assessment finds massive need amidst COVID pandemic

The IRC is now on the ground working to stop the spread of the disease

Just as the two year long outbreak in eastern DRC was declared over, a new outbreak emerged in the west, so far taking the lives of 50 people. The IRC is now on the ground working to stop the spread of the disease. Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), September…

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Over 21,000 people killed since UN global ceasefire-resolution

The UN issued a warning only last week on the risk of conflict-induced famine in South Sudan, Yemen, DRC and northeast Nigeria

At least 21,347 people have been killed in conflict, including more than 5,800 civilian adults and children who were directly targeted (1), despite the adoption of a UN Security Council resolution calling for a global cessation of hostilities some 90 days ago. Instead of a ceasefire, allowing countries and humanitarian…