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Syria Diary: Leaving Damascus
12 September 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 diary entry, he describes being arrested and his subsequent departure from Syria.
Needs of elderly Syrian refugees in Lebanon “widely ignored”
6 September 2013 (IRIN ), Thousands of Syrian refugees in Lebanon are over 60 and quietly suffering from a host of health and psychological problems. The humanitarian community has struggled to cater for the special needs of the age group, disproportionately affected by the violence and displacement.
Analysis: Readying for escalation in Syria
2 September 2013 (IRIN ), Aid agencies responding to the Syrian crisis are updating contingency plans and pre-positioning stocks, warning that US military action against Syria could lead to an increase in humanitarian needs.
Leishmaniasis could fuel refugee resentment in Turkey's border towns
30 August 2013 (IRIN ), Syrian diaspora organizations, aid agencies and Turkish authorities are struggling to contain the spread of leishmaniasis, a skin infection carried by Syrian refugees into Turkey. Their failure to do so could increase tensions – already high in some places – between the refugees and their Turkish hosts.
Ahmad, Palestinian refugee from Syria: “I feel we are double refugees”
28 August 2013 (IRIN ), For three weeks now, the Lebanese government has refused entry to Palestinian refugees fleeing the violence in Syria. Ahmed, 28, tells IRIN his story of being stuck in a conflict zone.
Syrian refugees suffer as aid agencies in Iraq grapple with sudden influx
21 August 2013 (IRIN ), Aid agencies and officials say the influx of more than 35,000 Syrians refugees into Iraqi Kurdistan in the last week has overwhelmed the relief effort.
Analysis: Abacus of death - and why it matters for the living
16 August 2013 (IRIN ), Varied death tolls emerging from Egypt’s latest clashes are a reminder that obtaining mortality statistics in emergencies is still a disputed, complicated and, at times, politicized task. But tallied correctly, researchers say mortality data can boost aid efficacy and improve funding decisions.
Analysis: Syrian government increases restrictions on medical aid
7 August 2013 (IRIN ), The Syrian government has increasingly restricted the delivery of medical supplies to opposition-controlled areas in recent months, several aid workers told IRIN, refusing to approve medical deliveries; taking medical supplies out of aid convoys; and requiring case-by-case negotiations for the delivery of surgical kits it fears will assist rebels.
Among Syria’s children, anger, lost hope and sometimes newfound happiness
30 July 2013 (IRIN ), The conflict in Syria has killed more than 6,500 children, left three million inside Syria in need of aid, and turned nearly one million into refugees. Some have been disabled, mutilated, sexually abused, tortured in government detention and recruited by armed groups, at as young as age 12. Many have been deprived of their education. Many more have witnessed violence. Meet a few of these children as they try to overcome their trauma.
A tale of two Za’ataris
26 July 2013 (IRIN ), Just on the other side of Jordan’s Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees, now one of the world’s most notorious camps, lies another Za’atari: a poor village inhabited by some 12,000 Jordanians, its people and their needs largely forgotten.

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