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Analysis: Patronage stalls Yemen’s transition
8 August 2012 (IRIN ), Nearly six months after his ousting from power, former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh continues to hold significant influence and control over military forces in the country. What are the new President’s prospects as he battles to stamp out patronage and gain control?
YEMEN: Water fights spark concern over refugee influx
20 July 2012 (IRIN ), Somali refugee Asmaa Abdullah, 35, and her three children, have been struggling to get water for more than a year in the run-down Safia neighbourhood of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a.
YEMEN: Abyan Governorate emerges from war
16 July 2012 (IRIN ), Damaged tanks, artillery pieces and other weaponry - some half-covered with sand - lie strewn on either side of the road about 12km west of Zinjibar city, capital of Yemen’s southern Abyan governorate.
AID POLICY: Accountability in Islam
4 July 2012 (IRIN ), The rights-based framework may only have been formally adopted by the international humanitarian and development community in the past decade; but the concept that people in need have a right to assistance has existed in the Muslim world since the birth of Islam.
YEMEN: Landmines stall IDP returns in south
27 June 2012 (IRIN ), When Yemen’s Defence Ministry announced in mid-June that militants of the Ansar al-Sharia group, which had controlled the southern governorate of Abyan since May 2011, had been routed, 40-year-old Saleh Salim Abu Khalil decided to go and check on his home in al-Kood District.
Analysis: Aid work conundrum in unpredictable Yemen
12 June 2012 (IRIN ), In the sweltering port city of Aden, about 300km south of Yemen’s capital Sana’a, two dozen international NGOs are struggling to meet mounting humanitarian demands caused by a war raging in neighbouring Abyan Governorate where government troops have for a month fought to crush a local Al Qaeda ally, Ansar Al Shariah.
Analysis: A faith-based aid revolution in the Muslim world?
1 June 2012 (IRIN ), Every year, somewhere between US$200 billion and $1 trillion are spent in “mandatory” alms and voluntary charity across the Muslim world, Islamic financial analysts estimate.
AID POLICY: Making Muslim aid more effective
1 June 2012 (IRIN ), Between the foreign aid of oil-rich Gulf States and the billions of dollars spent by Muslims in “mandatory” alms and charity every year, the Muslim world is by all accounts a huge reservoir of potential in the world of aid funding.
Analysis: Battle for “hearts and minds” as Yemen crisis deepens
30 May 2012 (IRIN ), The conflict between Yemeni government forces and the militant Ansar Al Shariah group in southern Yemen has worsened the humanitarian crisis in a country where nearly half of the population is facing food insecurity and almost one million children are acutely malnourished.
YEMEN: Struggling to get by
22 May 2012 (IRIN ), A devastating suicide bomb in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, may have grabbed international media headlines and highlighted known security problems, but ordinary people are quietly fighting more mundane battles to make ends meet.

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