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In Brief: More than 1.3 million child labourers in Yemen
16 January 2013 (IRIN ), The results of the first ever national child labour survey in Yemen suggest the country has more than 1.3 million child labourers, about 17 percent of all children.
MIDDLE EAST: 2012 - a year of continuing turmoil
31 December 2012 (IRIN ), While much of the world has been consumed by quickly changing political and security developments in the Middle East this year, longer-term humanitarian issues have also been simmering under the surface – and sometimes in plain – but neglected – view. Here are 10 stories IRIN brought you in 2012.
ETHIOPIA-YEMEN: Jemmal Ahmed, “I survived a deadly trip to Yemen"
21 December 2012 (IRIN ), Jemmal Ahmed, 21, was recently deported back to Ethiopia after a nine-month stay in a prison in Yemen for illegally entering the country a few months earlier. His intention had been to cross over into Saudi Arabia to find work.
DJIBOUTI-ETHIOPIA: Irregular migration continues unabated
21 December 2012 (IRIN ), More people from the Horn of Africa region, especially Ethiopia and Somalia, are crossing international borders as irregular migrants - lacking official documentation or approval - drawn by the promise of a better life in the Arabian Peninsula.
YEMEN: Wind and solar energy fall short of potential
6 December 2012 (IRIN ), Thirteen years ago electronics retailer Abdulmajeed al-Wahbani was one of the first people in Yemen to venture into the solar power business. So far the gamble has paid off.
Our Lives - A survivors' guide to hard times
6 December 2012 (IRIN ), Price Watch (Our lives)
Ali Abdullah al-Moudai – Community liaison officer, Yemen
6 December 2012 (IRIN ), Ali Abdullah al-Moudai, 28, from the village of Thula, about an hour’s drive from Yemen’s capital Sana’a, is lucky enough to have a reasonably well-paid job. The downside is that as the sole breadwinner in his 14-member household he has nothing left at the end of the month.
Adel Aklin – Teacher, Yemen
6 December 2012 (IRIN ), Adel Aklin, 48, an Arabic teacher in the Yemeni capital Sana’a, has seen his income fall because of the dearth of foreigners who have been scared away by ongoing insecurity in the strife-torn country.
CLIMATE CHANGE: In the Arab world, building fridges to live in an oven
5 December 2012 (IRIN ), In the last three decades, 50 million people in the Arab world have been affected by natural disasters, many of them extreme climate events, according to a new report by the World Bank. The report projects the horrific scenario of temperatures regularly rising to over 50 degrees Celsius by the turn of the century, which experts fear could lead to countless more disasters.
YEMEN: New challenges for aid worker security
14 November 2012 (IRIN ), Yemen has long been renowned as a place where foreigners, including aid workers, are at risk of kidnapping. On the brink of civil war last year, and with a still fluid social and political transition under way, new challenges for aid worker security are emerging, say experts.

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