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Analysis: The plight of LGBTI asylum seekers, refugees
7 May 2013 (IRIN ), Refugees and asylum seekers face a host of challenges when crossing borders, but the obstacles are particularly pronounced for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI) persons, say experts.
In Brief: Raids free enslaved migrants/refugees in Yemen
2 May 2013 (IRIN ), The army in Yemen has started a crackdown on illegal smuggling hideouts in the north where migrants, refugees and asylum seekers from the Horn of Africa are frequently held against their will and tortured by criminal gangs looking for ransom money.
Arab cities aim to build resilience to natural disasters
29 April 2013 (IRIN ), Prevention may be better than a cure, but for the authorities in Arab cities and towns, natural disasters up to now have been largely about coping with them after they have taken place.
Migrant voices - Ethiopians in Yemen describe kidnapping and torture
11 April 2013 (IRIN ), Record numbers of migrants from the Horn of Africa are crossing into Yemen, most of them on their way to find better opportunities in Saudi Arabia and other rich Gulf countries. But many do not make it any further. Seeking a new life, they end up unwitting victims of a smuggling racket designed to exploit the migrants at each juncture of their journey.
Challenges in using micro-credit to help Yemen’s poor
21 March 2013 (IRIN ), Yemen has been a regional pioneer in micro-credit but are these loans lifting people about of poverty?
Disaster Risk Reduction in the Arab world
20 March 2013 (IRIN ), Nearly 300 government officials, scientists, aid workers and activists from across the Arab world are working together in Jordan to draw up the first joint regional platform for disaster risk reduction (DRR).
Middle East food security tracking tool launched
8 March 2013 (IRIN ), Aid workers and policy makers looking for easy access to malnutrition data in Yemen or how rainfall tends to vary in Syria can now turn to a handy web-based tool. Launched in February, the Arab Spatial aims to fill the information gap on food security in the region, ultimately leading to better development policies.
Export oil, import water – the Middle East’s risky economics
5 March 2013 (IRIN ), The world’s driest region, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), is getting drier at an alarming rate.
Breakdown of Syria aid pledges in Kuwait
1 February 2013 (IRIN ), The international community pledged more than US$1.5 billion in humanitarian aid to Syria on 30 January, in the most successful fundraising conference in UN history - meant to meet the needs of two UN appeals:
Aid agencies launch Yemen appeal
22 January 2013 (IRIN ), Yemen needs a major boost in humanitarian support if the transition to political stability is to stand a good chance of succeeding, said aid workers at today’s launch of the 2013 Humanitarian Response Plan.

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