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October 21, 2014 | Michael Boyce | Tagged as: Africa, Congress, DR Congo, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Neglected Crises, Women & Children

Five months ago, I visited a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) near Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The people living there first arrived in 2012 and 2013, having fled from armed groups who destroyed villages and killed civilians. By the time RI visited in May, donor governments had cut their financial support so drastically that only 27 percent of camp residents were getting food assistance. Fast forward to today, and I am sad to say the situation of IDPs living around Goma has not improved.

October 20, 2014 | Daryl Grisgraber | Tagged as: Congress, Iraq, Syria, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Middle East, Protection & Security
In the center of Erbil, northern Iraq, just next to a highway overpass, we met Yezin and his family – refugees from the fighting in neighboring Syria. He and his family of seventeen are now living in an abandoned construction lot in Erbil, where it has been hard for humanitarian agencies to find and help them. There used to be eighteen of them, but a 3-month-old baby died last winter because the family couldn’t find adequate shelter from the cold.
October 14, 2014 | Sarnata Reynolds | Tagged as: Congress, Myanmar, U.S. Administration, United Nations, Humanitarian Response, Asia, Neglected Crises, Protection & Security
When I met Amir two years ago in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, he had just graduated with a degree in Physics from Sittwe University. He was a fluent English speaker and planned to pursue a career as an engineer. When I returned to Myanmar last month, I met Amir again. He is now living in a camp for internally displaced people outside Sittwe – one of more than 1 million Rohingya who are living in apartheid-like conditions across Rakhine State. He is not allowed to leave the camp, he does not have a job, and he does not know what will happen to him.
October 10, 2014 | Marcy Hersh | Tagged as: Africa, DR Congo, Humanitarian Response, Women & Children
RI is undertaking an in-depth assessment of the challenges that the humanitarian community is currently facing in keeping Congolese women and girls safe from gender-based violence.
October 06, 2014 | Jeff Crisp | Tagged as: Myanmar, Thailand, Humanitarian Response, Asia, Protection & Security
According to recent newsreports, the 140,000 refugees from Myanmar who are currently exiled in neighboring Thailand are about to go home, whether they like it or not. Refugees International traveled to Myanmar’s Kayin State to test the validity of such assertions, and found the reality to be quite different.