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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.
Analysis: The Syrian urban refugee problem in northern Iraq
24 July 2013 (IRIN ), More than two-thirds of the 153,000 Syrian refugees in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq live in urban communities, where the cost of rent is soaring, while savings and job opportunities are dwindling. As a result, some refugees are being pushed out onto the streets – creating an urban refugee problem that aid agencies warn needs an urgent response before it gets out of hand.
Vandalism hampers sanitation efforts in Jordan’s Za’atari camp
19 July 2013 (IRIN ), High summer temperatures are testing the quality of water and sanitation services in Jordan’s Za’atari camp. But as the camp has grown to house nearly 120,000 people, sabotage, theft, vandalism and disorganization have made access to water and sanitation a real challenge.
Syrian refugees caught up in Egypt's turmoil
18 July 2013 (IRIN ), A thin wall was all that separated Syrian refugee Ahmed Al Hemsi from his 62-year-old father at Cairo International Airport when immigration officers told his father he would not be allowed into Egypt.
Behind the scenes of the "most complex" refugee operation in the world
9 July 2013 (IRIN ), In the world’s largest camp for Syrian refugees, aid workers face a series of challenges, from riots in the desert sun to burnout. IRIN goes behind the scenes.
Containing disease in a Syrian refugee camp in Iraq
3 July 2013 (IRIN ), Aid agencies say overcrowded living conditions in Domiz (Duhok Province) - built for 25,000 refugees but now accommodating almost twice that number - have put refugees’ health at risk.
Clearing rubbish in Syria: A life-saving - and life-threatening - job
2 July 2013 (IRIN ), Solid waste disposal and collection has been severely disrupted in areas of Syria that are embattled or controlled by rebels. Instead, civil activist networks have sprung up, organizing committees of volunteers who sometimes have to contend with snipers and bombs when collecting rubbish.
Syria’s forgotten crisis: sanitation
2 July 2013 (IRIN ), Bombs, clashes and airstrikes have killed at least 92,000 in Syria, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. But millions of people - and more still across the region - are at risk due to something much less discussed: sanitation.

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