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27 Nov 2017 description

New IRC research: pre-teen and teenage girls in humanitarian settings overwhelmingly suffer abuse by people they know

IRC calls for more humanitarian programming focused on pre-teen and teenage girls.

  • Research indicates girls as young as 10 are experiencing high levels of violence.

  • More than half surveyed in DRC (61%) and Ethiopia (52%) reported physical, sexual, or emotional violence in the past 12 months, overwhelmingly by people they know.

09 Nov 2016 description


Tanzania has been a consistent and generous host to millions of refugees over the years. The country has supported UNHCR and partners in all three durable solutions - from voluntary repatriation to countries of origin, resettlement to other countries willing to share the burden of displacement, to the unprecedented gift of citizenship for almost 200,000 former 1972 Burundian refugees. The test of time did not weaken the generosity; when the ongoing political tension in Burundi caused thousands of Burundians to flee to Tanzania.

21 Jul 2015 description

Kasulu, Tanzania 21 Jul 2015 - The International Rescue committee is braced to help thousands of Burundian refugees expected to cross the border into Tanzania in coming days as they flee violence linked to today’s contested presidential election. Since Friday more than 1,150 Burundians have arrived at the main refugee camp in northern Tanzania.

17 Jul 2014 description

The humanitarian situation for communities in eastern DRC remains precarious, with wide-spread displacement and many unable to access basic services. With needs so great, the urgency to provide assistance is clear. However, it must be delivered in accordance with humanitarian principles, in particular neutrality, impartiality and operational independence.

02 Jun 2014 description

2 Juin 2014 – Une action urgente est nécessaire pour prévenir la propagation de la malaria dans la Province du Katanga, a dit International Rescue Committee (IRC) aujourd’hui. Les humanitaires de cette organisation ont constaté une augmentation de cette maladie depuis janvier dernier.

09 May 2014 description

09 Mai 2014 – Kinshasa, République Démocratique du Congo – « Plus de 70.000 enseignants Congolais sont maintenant en mesure d’accéder aux centres de ressources et de formation au Katanga, Nord-Kivu, Sud-Kivu et Kinshasa dans les efforts accrus engagés pour améliorer la qualité générale de l’enseignement à travers le pays », a déclaré l’International Rescue Committee (IRC) aujourd’hui.

09 Apr 2014 description

May 9th, 2014 – Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo – Over 70,000 Congolese teachers are now able to access resource and training centers in Katanga, North Kivu, South Kivu and Kinshasa, as part of increasing efforts to improve the overall quality of teaching across the country, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) said today.

28 Mar 2014 description

As international attention shifts to neighboring Central African Republic and South Sudan, a humanitarian crisis continues in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Tens of thousands of people have recently fled their homes due to armed violence in remote areas of Katanga Province.

Story and photos by Tamara Leigh

It takes two days to drive from Lubumbashi, the mining capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, to Mutabi in Katanga Province, a journey of less than 300 miles (484 km). The two places could not be more different.

03 Apr 2011 description

04 Apr 2011 - The International Rescue Committee is profoundly saddened to confirm that Dr. Boubacar Toure, our senior reproductive health advisor in Congo, was among those who died in a United Nations plane crash today in Kinshasa.

Dr. Toure, 63 and a native of Guinea, was an internationally recognized leader in the maternal health field and was deeply committed to reversing high levels of maternal mortality in Congo and other countries where he has worked.

14 Jul 2010 description

Posted by Peter Biro on July 14th, 2010

Prospèr Honagali's plight encapsulates the tragedy of his country.

15 Jun 2010 description

L'éducation est une composante essentielle de toute réponse humanitaire à une situation d'urgence car l'éducation :

- est un droit fondamental pour tous les enfants et dans les situations d'urgence, les enfants sont souvent privés de ce droit ;

- est essentielle pour le développement normal des enfants ;

- peut aider les enfants à faire face aux répercussions des situations de crise ;

- peut aider à créer un sentiment de normalité pour les enfants et les communautés ;

- est essentielle pour la protection des enfants en offrant un environnement sécurisé ;

19 Apr 2010 description

Kinshasa, April 19, 2010-With only five years to go, Congo is far from reaching the millennium development goal of primary education for all by 2015- with nearly half of Congolese children (more than 3 million) still estimated to be out of school and one in three having never stepped into a classroom.

Universal primary education is one of the key Millennium Development Goals and identified as a priority by the Congolese government, yet funding for education programs remains extremely limited.

"International and government investment in Congo's education sector is grossly …

25 Mar 2010 description

Executive Summary

The traditional image of life in tented, sprawling camps no longer tells the full refugee story. As the world urbanises, refugees too are increasingly moving to built up areas - including large towns and cities. Today, almost half of the world's 10.5 million refugees reside in urban areas, with only one-third in camps (UNHCR, 2009). Refugees move to the city in the hope of finding a sense of community, safety and economic independence. However, in reality, what many actually find is harassment, physical assault and poverty.

19 Mar 2010 description


The practice of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) participating in the leadership and management of country level clusters is occurring more frequently in recent years. In several situations, cluster leads are approaching NGOs to take on roles in the cluster, such as coleadership. This review draws on the experiences of NGOs in cluster leadership and management in the four focus countries of the NGOs and Humanitarian Reform Project: Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zimbabwe.

23 Dec 2009 description

Storm clouds are gathering and the wind is tugging at the plastic sheeting covering the hundreds of makeshift shelters that make up the Mungote camp in Congo's troubled North Kivu province. Over 30,000 people live here, unable to work and with little access to food.

The camp sits on a large lava field, a reminder of an earlier eruption by nearby Mount Nyamulagira, one of Africa's most active volcanoes. The black rocks add to the feeling of gloom and despair surrounding what is the largest camp for people displaced by the fighting in North Kivu.

10 Dec 2009 description

Kinshasa 10 Dec 2009 - Women and girls in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are experiencing increasingly brutal sexual assaults and the UN peacekeeping mission, mandated to protect them, is not doing an adequate job, says the International Rescue Committee, a leading aid group assisting thousands of rape survivors in Congo.

For more than a decade, the bodies of women and girls have been used as a battleground for armed groups waging war in Congo.

07 Dec 2009 description

From November 25 to December 10, the International Rescue Committee is observing the "16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence." You can read all of our 16 Days blog posts here.

Tens of thousands of women and girls have been raped, sexually assaulted, attacked and abducted in the North and South Kivu provinces of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, targeted by armed groups with unparalleled levels of brutality. The IRC has helped over 40,000 survivors of sexual violence and their families providing emergency care, counseling and other support services.

25 Nov 2009 description

2009 marks the 18th anniversary of the "16 days of Activism Against Gender Violence" campaign. The campaign brings together people from around the world to speak out against violence against women. The campaign begins each year on November 25-the International Day Against Violence Against Women-and continues until December 10, International Human Rights Day. These dates were chosen to highlight how violence against women is a serious violation of human rights.