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Syria Diary: Beggar at the door
19 November 2013 (IRIN ), The writer is a recent graduate of the University of Damascus from a well-to-do family belonging to a Syrian minority. For security reasons, he prefers to stay anonymous. In this fifth diary entry, he shares the signs he sees around him of an increasingly malnourished and desperate people.
Syrian aid in the tech age
14 November 2013 (IRIN ), Innovative use of technologies like satellite imagery, QR codes, tablets and biometric identification is helping aid workers deliver a better, more dignified response to Syrians in need.
Helping host communities help Syrian refugees
8 November 2013 (IRIN ), Syrian refugees living in urban and peri-urban areas in Jordan and elsewhere in the region are placing an increasing burden on the local communities hosting them. As the Syrian crisis drags on, aid agencies and donors are looking to shift away from strictly humanitarian aid for refugees to a longer-term development approach that also benefits affected national populations and governments.
Hosting Syrian refugees - the cost conundrum
8 November 2013 (IRIN ), Syria’s neighbours say they have collectively spent billions of dollars hosting Syrian refugees. What are the actual costs? And can there also be economic benefits to refugee influxes?
Planning for winter in Jordan’s Za’atari camp
4 November 2013 (IRIN ), As the first rains of the season hit Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan, aid agencies are trying to ensure refugees are better protected against winter storms than they were last year.
Analysis: Politics and power in Jordan’s Za'atari refugee camp
1 November 2013 (IRIN ), More than a year after Za’atari camp was opened in Jordan as a temporary solution for Syrian refugees, it is slowly transforming into something much more permanent. One of the demands of an increasingly long-term aid operation is a greater focus on the camp’s governance - a sensitive area at the crossroads of politics and humanitarian relief.
Syrian crisis pushing Lebanese into poverty
31 October 2013 (IRIN ), The impact of the Syrian crisis could drag 170,000 Lebanese into poverty and increase unemployment in Lebanon by 10 percent by the end of 2014, a new report has shown.
Serving up five-star service for refugees the UAE way
29 October 2013 (IRIN ), A new camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan run by the United Arab Emirates Red Crescent has unrivalled services and accommodation. But some aid workers wonder how sustainable the operation is and if the money spent could have been used to help a larger number of refugees in other camps.
Syrians face bleak time in Bulgaria’s broken asylum system
22 October 2013 (IRIN ), In an abandoned schoolhouse outside the Bulgarian capital Sofia, 380 migrants and asylum seekers are living in squalid conditions. They are part of a new wave of migrants and asylum seekers, mostly Kurds from Syria, who have strained Bulgaria’s inefficient asylum system to breaking point.
Analysis: Getting it right for Syrian refugees the second time round
16 October 2013 (IRIN ), In building Azraq, the newest camp for Syrian refugees in the Jordanian desert, aid agencies have benefited from many lessons learned from the now notorious Za’atari camp. But while the new and improved camp stands ready to go, it has yet to receive its first refugee.

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