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In #Congo’s massive southern province of Katanga, the IRC's community-driven reconstruction program, ‘Tuungane,’ has been in place since 2007. Josephine Selembe, who was part of her community's decision-making committee under the Tuungane framework, inspects the huge market the community built. When it opens, she and other women will be able to sell products locally, rather than carry merchandise on their heads for many miles to the next town. Josephine hopes this will also boost local economy by attracting buyers from the entire region. (Photo: Sinziana Demian/IRC).

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A girl dances across a new footbridge in the rural Mutare district of eastern #Zimbabwe. Before the bridge was built, local children had to wade across the river to get to school – a dangerous trip when the water level was high. When the IRC brought local leaders from opposing political parties together to choose the projects that would benefit their community the most, a new bridge topped their combined list. Now as many as 1,000 people a day can safely cross the river – no longer cut off from their school and health clinic and other vital services. (Photo: Edmore Mahlupeka/IRC) More on the IRC's work in Zimbabwe:

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Helping boys with their homework after school in the Kenema district of southeastern #Sierra Leone. (Photo: Aubrey Wade/IRC.) The IRC and our local partners raise awareness of the dangers of child labor and the importance of education. More on our work in Sierra Leone:

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Sindh Province, #Pakistan - An IRC doctor weighs a baby as part of a drive against child malnutrition. The doctor is a member of an IRC mobile medical unit, which provides health care to thousands of rural villagers who otherwise wouldn't receive it. (Photo: Ned Colt/IRC). Learn more about the IRC's work in Pakistan:

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Happy New Year from all of us at the IRC! May #2012 be filled with peace, joy & renewal. (A girl celebrates the New Roots Drew Gardens' first growing season during a Harvest Festival organized by the IRC in New York in conjunction with Phipps Community Development Corporation. While some refugees use the New Roots garden as a resource to stock their kitchens, others just enjoy the break from city life the green space provides. Photo: Lily Solmssen/The IRC.)

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Children practice for a school performance in Karakuwa elementary school in the tsunami-wrecked town of Kesennuma. The IRC and its partner Peace Winds #Japan have helped equip the school with furniture and other items. Photo: Peter Biro/IRC. More on #tsunami relief in Japan:

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Eastern #Rwanda: #Children dance during an activity with an IRC DJ at the Kirehe Open Day, an exhibition for local businesses and non-profits. The DJ, who played songs with community health messages, was very popular, particularly among the children. Some of the kids are wearing reflective vests provided by the local police to make them visible to cars when walking to school in the dark. (Photo: Georgia Travers/IRC) More on our work in Rwanda:

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Two kindergarteners enjoy their serving of “bouillie,” a floury porridge provided every morning at schools in Gasorwe #Refugee Camp in #Burundi’s eastern province of Muyinga. The breakfast provides a major incentive for many of the children to attend school. Photo: Georgia B. Travers/IRC. More on our work in Burundi:

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Singer, actor and 'IRC Voice' at Radio Caribe in #Haiti. He went on air to talk about the IRC’s work in Haiti and his experience visiting St. Etienne, Mega 4 and Teleco Camps. He also sang "Happy Birthday" to the sports reporter and part of the "Mas Sabe El Diablo" theme song.

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A woman who has recently been displaced from her village in South Kivu, #Congo due to ongoing violence was one of thousands of beneficiaries at a Non-Food Items Fair the IRC organized this month. She exchanged her $75 vouchers for objects of first necessity – including iron sheets to cover a house she hopes to build soon in a safer area. (Photo: Sinziana Demian/IRC) #DRC

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Supermodel and IRC "Refugee of Distinction" Alek Wek poses with Maggie Fleming, the IRC's Africa advocacy officer, during a kick-off event for this week's UNHCR Refugee Congress. More on the Congress, which the IRC is supporting, at:

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Minhaj Gedi Farahi, 7 months old, arrived at the stabilization center of an IRC hospital in #Dadaab, #Kenya, weighing only 6½ pounds and on the brink of death. “After a week’s care he has gained 400 grams (almost a pound), which is a remarkable improvement,” said the IRC’s Dr. John Kigora.

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Awesome visit by IRC Voice to the Refugee Youth Summer Academy today. He left some of the kids a little souvenir!

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#HappyFathersDay! (Burmese migrant worker in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Photo: Peter Biro/The IRC)

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We were thrilled to welcome to IRC HQ today to talk about his new role as an IRC Voice. He will be focusing on children's education, which is appropriate since he struck us as pretty brilliant.

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IRC Voice & star of the Walking Dead, Sarah Wayne Callies visits the IRC in Atlanta office. (Photo: Joeff Davis)

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Photos: The IRC's Mathilde Dubois spoke with a butcher at the market in Kouibly in western #IvoryCoast. He told her that meat prices have gone up because of the increased transport costs of getting the meat to market. This has affected business - fewer people have been buying meat and are relying on other staples instead.

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Photos: A fish farm outside the city of Man, #IvoryCoast. The IRC will be supporting the farm with funding and technical assistance.

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Photos: The IRC's Ben Barrows was recently in #IvoryCoast to support critical programs for people hit by political & ethnic violence there. This is a market in Kouibly, located in western Ivory Coast. Ben talked to the youth committee and peace committee here about how the humanitarian situation in Ivory Coast has affected household economics - whether people have enough to eat, whether there are internally displaced people (IDPs) being hosted in the area, etc.

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The IRC is scaling up relief efforts in both #IvoryCoast & #Liberia. With funding from the Netherlands Refugee Foundation (Stichting Vluchteling), the IRC has flown in 12 tons of emergency supplies from Rotterdam and is commencing distribution of the materials. The supplies, aimed at helping more than 43,000 displaced people in the western district of Man, include water purification tablets, sanitation materials and plastic sheets for protection from the rain. This is a photo of IRC staff offloading a truck with water treatment materials in a temporary depot at the IRC's Man office. You can read more at

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