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Driest conditions in Ethiopia and Somalia seen in forty years threaten the wellbeing of millions

More people are going hungry as food and water prices rise, community members are selling their property at lower prices and even being forced to leave their homes

Deteriorating drought in Somalia and south east Ethiopia; the driest conditions seen for this season in forty years in some regions, has led to the worsening of a humanitarian crisis, recent assessments by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) have found. More people are going hungry as food and water prices…

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IRC Calls for Bold Action Around Blinken Africa Visit

Africa still faces a 275 million shortfall of COVID-19 vaccines to reach that target

As US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken continues his visit in Africa, the IRC calls on the US and other wealthy nations to renew efforts to address humanitarian emergencies unfolding across the continent, specifically in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Sudan. While the US has donated millions of vaccines to Africa, Covid-19…

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Worsening drought and conflict drives extreme food needs in Horn of Africa, warns IRC

Cessation of conflict and urgent funding is needed to avert catastrophic hunger needs across the Horn of Africa

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is concerned that multiple seasons of drought plus ongoing conflict in parts of Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and Sudan will likely result in extreme hunger in the coming months, similar to the drought of 2016. Kurt Tjossem, IRC Regional Vice President for East Africa said: “We’re…

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IRC launches emergency response for over half a million people affected by conflict, Hepatitis E and severe flooding in South Sudan

The ongoing impacts of climate change have caused unusually intense periods of flooding leading to disease and conflict in a country that has faced decades of violence

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is launching an emergency response as conflict, disease outbreaks such as Hepatitis E, and the worst flooding seen in 60 years in most parts of South Sudan leave well over 600,000 people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.  Caroline Sekyewa, IRC South Sudan Country Director,…

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

The last outbreak in this area was declared over just a few months ago in May of this year, whereas the last major outbreak lasting from 2018-2020 took the lives of more than 2,200 people

As Ebola is confirmed in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following the death of four people suspected with the virus in the last month, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is extremely concerned that another Ebola outbreak in the area will devastate a community still reeling from the last…

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IRC calls for immediate release of over 5,000 migrants and refugees detained this week in dangerous, overcrowded detention centers in Libya

There have been multiple reports of excessive force used in the raids and arbitrary arrests, resulting in at least one fatality, many injured and the demolition of people’s homes

Over 5,000 migrants and asylum seekers have been detained in less than a week in Tripoli; Excessive force has been reported in raids and arbitrary arrests, resulting in at least one fatality and many injuries. Among the detained are hundreds of vulnerable women and children; Almost all those detained have…

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Over 2 million Kenyans face acute hunger due to drought in Kenya, warns IRC

At the beginning of September, the president of Kenya declared the drought a national disaster following a national rainfall report

The International Rescue Committee is concerned about the growing humanitarian needs following months of droughts in parts of Kenya. At the beginning of September, the president of Kenya declared the drought a national disaster following a national rainfall report. Due to the poor rainfall and low crop production, 2.1 million…

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IRC Uganda supporting newly arrived Afghan evacuees

The evacuees from Afghanistan will stay temporarily in Uganda whilst in transit whilst applying for asylum to countries of resettlement

IRC Uganda Country Director, Elijah Okeyo said: “The IRC is proud to be complementing the efforts of the Government of Uganda and US embassy to receive and support 51 Afghan evacuees that arrived in Uganda at 7.53am this morning. The IRC will be supporting the Afghan evacuees with reception, accomodation,…

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Severe Underfunding of Somalia Humanitarian Response Leading to Reduced Support of the Population Most in Need, IRC Warns

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) calls on the international community to support the Somali population and commit to fulfilling the unmet requirements of the Somalia Humanitarian Response Plan which stands at only 30% funded

Somalia is facing the worst funding constraints seen in more than half a decade, as the country confronts heightened conflict, increased displacement as well as escalating food insecurity due to unreliable rainfall patterns and locust outbreaks. Without adequate funding for humanitarian organizations, those in need, especially the 2.9 million people…

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IRC is concerned about the continued risks in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo in the aftermath of the eruption

There have been more than 200 tremors in the past 2 days and for residents of Goma, the impact of the eruption is not behind them

Borry Jatta, the DRC Country Director at IRC, says, “The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is concerned about the continued risks in DRC’s Goma as earthquakes persist, destroying buildings, homes and other infrastructure and gas emissions, acidic rain and volcanic dust pose continued health risks. There have been more than 200…