International Rescue Committee [to 29 March 2014]

International Rescue Committee [to 29 March 2014]

Press Releases
28 Mar 2014
IRC Deeply Concerned By Recent Attacks Targeting Humanitarian Aid Organizations in Myanmar
March 29, 2014 – The International Rescue Committee expressed deep concern about recent attacks on humanitarian aid organizations, including IRC offices, in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State, in Myanmar. The attacks, which began on Wednesday and have continued over the past 2 days have forced the IRC to temporarily suspend its work throughout Rakhine State and to relocate its staff to Yangon…

28 Mar 2014
Aid agencies: “We cannot stop the war, but we can ease immense human suffering” [Syria: Jint announcement with Handicap above]

28 Mar 2014
IRC statement on today’s update to the UN Security Council on Resolution 2139 on humanitarian access
Mark Schnellbaecher, IRC Regional Director – Syrian Crisis Response, said: “The failure to effectively implement the unanimously adopted resolution on humanitarian access is a tragedy for the Syrian people. This war has already taken far too many lives and destroyed the hopes of far too many families. The resolution offered a way to reach the millions of Syrians trapped by conflict and struggling to survive. It demanded that all parties to the conflict allow aid to reach besieged civilians and to help those in desperate need. That access has again been denied, just as it has throughout the three years of this war.
“Today the International Rescue Committee is calling for permanent member states of the Security Council and the international community to deliver a negotiated solution that allows lifesaving aid across borders into Syria and across conflict lines inside the country. We are seeing Syrians’ future dissolve before our eyes in a war that shows no sign of abating. What we need now is full implementation of UNSC resolution 2139 and results on the ground. Without that, we will fail Syrians in need.
“The growing plight of millions of Syrians underscores the importance of making UNSC resolution 2139 a success. Every day that passes without progress on humanitarian access, is the worst day yet for Syrians struggling to survive,” says Schnellbaecher….

Latest News
Quoted: David Miliband on attacks on aid groups in Myanmar
Posted by The IRC on March 28, 2014
“Safe and unimpeded access to people who are in need is one of the very basic standards of international law,” says IRC president David Miliband, responding to recent attacks on humanitarian aid organizations in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

Bill Clinton, student volunteers dig in at the Phoenix New Roots garden
Posted by The IRC on March 28, 2014
On a sunny Sunday morning, a group of 600 college students from 300 universities gathered at a community garden in downtown Phoenix, ready for their day of service as part of the Clinton Global Initiative University 2014.

Inside Congo’s “Triangle of Death,” a bustling market becomes an oasis of hope
Posted by Tamara Leigh on March 27, 2014
Tens of thousands of people have recently fled their homes due to armed violence in remote areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Learn how a bustling market is helping to restore hope and opportunity to these familes.

Posted by The IRC on March 26, 2014
In an op-ed published by TIME this week, IRC president David Miliband writes that international law is being flouted daily in Syria. “Civilians are not just caught in the crossfire—they are targeted,” he says. more »

Posted by The IRC on March 26, 2014
Since 2007, the IRC has been working with local communities to repair existing water sources and provide access to new ones in a remote town in arid central Somalia. Watch this short film to find out more about the IRC’s lifesaving work.

Intl Rescue Comm IRC @theIRC Mar 28
Inside #DRC #Congo’s “Triangle of Death,” a bustling market becomes an oasis of hope–> http://bit.ly/1jEdTQW pic.twitter.com/2GC35PAzzV

Intl Rescue Comm IRC @theIRC Mar 27
#Syria, #Philippines, #SouthSudan to #CARcrisis: How can we manage one more ‘level 3’ emergency?, by @Heidi_Lehmann: http://bit.ly/1msXZt1

Intl Rescue Comm IRC @theIRC Mar 26
Just in: president @DMiliband’s op-ed on @TIME @TIMEIdeas: “#Syria’s Latest Victim: International Law” http://ti.me/1gXTK0i

Intl Rescue Comm IRC @theIRC Mar 25
Thousands flee to #Niger as violence returns to northern #Nigeria. @theIRC is there: http://bit.ly/1gjM6mJ pic.twitter.com/iwefnfUtuD