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Donors asked to dig deep for Syria
31 March 2015 (IRIN ), High-level officials from 78 countries and more than 40 international organisations are gathering in Kuwait City to take part in the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria on Tuesday, amid major concerns of funding shortages.
Map: Which countries are doing their fair share for Syria?
31 March 2015 (IRIN ), On Monday Oxfam released a report outlining what each country ought to have given to Syria in 2014 based to the size of their economies. It called this amount their 'fair share' of the $7.7 billion sought for the over three million refugees in neighbouring countries plus millions in need inside the country.
Yemen camp bombing - what you need to know
30 March 2015 (IRIN ), At least 29 people were killed on Monday after a camp for displaced Yemenis was hit by an air strike. Here is what we do and don’t know.
Yemen at War: Lifesaving aid blocked by airstrikes
27 March 2015 (IRIN ), The Saudi Arabian-led assault has disrupted many vital life-saving aid programs, international aid agencies said.
Taking the long run in Palestine
26 March 2015 (IRIN ), Three thousand people are preparing to run tomorrow in annual 'Right to Movement' marathon in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. IRIN's Annie Slemrod is among them.
Civilians killed as Saudi Arabia bombs Yemen
26 March 2015 (IRIN ), Saudi Arabia and its allies may be hitting civilian targets in its bombing campaign in Yemen, residents and rights groups have warned.
As Yemen crumbles, civilians brace for the worst
24 March 2015 (IRIN ), As Yemen slides closer to civil war, across the country civilians are preparing. In the southern city of Taiz, thousands have been protesting against the takeover by Houthi rebels while in the capital Sana'a civilians are stocking up on food and water.
10,000 flat-pack IKEA shelters for Iraqi displaced
24 March 2015 (IRIN ), The UN refugee agency has placed an order for 10,000 flat-pack refugee shelters designed by a social enterprise arm of furniture giant IKEA, with first delivery planned to displacement camps across Iraq within months.
Iraqi Kurdistan nears breaking point
20 March 2015 (IRIN ), The pressure of hosting more than 1 million people displaced by militants from the group calling itself Islamic State - on top of an existing 225,000 Syrian refugees - is taking a crippling economic and social toll on Iraqi Kurdistan and increasing risks for the most vulnerable.
Syrian aid groups seek greater role
18 March 2015 (IRIN ), Local NGOs and diaspora groups involved in frontline aid delivery in Syria want more recognition from the wider humanitarian community as well as the chance to access direct funding, rather than working merely as silent implementers for international NGOs. Limited communication due in part to language and cultural barriers, but also to concerns around terrorism, has led to parallel and duplicated operations, competition for donor funding, staff poaching and a general feeling of mistrust.
After Israel's elections, what prospects for Middle East peace process?
18 March 2015 (IRIN ), After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explicitly confirmed he would block all bids for an independent Palestinian state, is the two-state solution dead?
Stranded Syrians at "serious risk" of losing refugee status in Lebanon
16 March 2015 (IRIN ), Hundreds of thousands of Syrians in Lebanon are at risk of losing their refugee status due to new visa rules, the United Nations has warned.
UN has failed Syria: NGOs
12 March 2015 (IRIN ), The United Nations Security Council has “failed” the Syrian people, some of the world’s largest NGOs have said. A “report card” by more than 20 aid organisations working in and around Syria – including Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision – gives the UN Security Council (UNSC) and wider world a fail grade in its attempts to stop the killing and to get aid to those most in need.
As Islamic State retreats, aid workers uncover human toll
12 March 2015 (IRIN ), As the Islamic State loses ground to pro-government forces in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, aid agencies that have been unable to access the region for months are expecting to find thousands in need.
The technology behind Syria's lights out campaign
12 March 2015 (IRIN ), Widely published satellite images of Syria’s steady loss of night-time light during its four-year civil war cost only $300 to produce. Can they help humanitarians assess crises better?
Syria four years on - an unimaginable toll
12 March 2015 (IRIN ), As Syria's conflict heads towards its fifth year, the extent of human suffering is almost unimaginable.
What refugees really think of aid agencies
5 March 2015 (IRIN ), Aid agencies are partial, unaccountable and potentially corrupt, and they fail to meet people's most pressing needs, according to a new report based on focus group interviews with refugees and other aid recipients in the Middle East. Other concerns included a lack of consultation about people’s needs, a failure to protect the most vulnerable, confusion over which agency was responsible for what, duplicated aid, as well as instances where help was perceived to be withheld or prioritised due to political or religious affiliation.
The problem with Iraq's offensive against the Islamic State
2 March 2015 (IRIN ), As the Iraqi army and affiliated militias sweep into northern Iraq to try to re-take the city of Tikrit from so-called Islamic State (IS), the local civilians are fearful they may be punished for the crimes of the Islamist militants.
Egyptians in Libya - to flee or to stay?
27 February 2015 (IRIN ), Over 25,000 Egyptians have fled Libya since the killing of 20 Coptic Christians by Islamic State militants. But others are deciding that despite the risk, they are staying.
Yemen's power shift a setback for child soldier plan
18 February 2015 (IRIN ), The coming to power of Houthi rebels in Yemen could derail moves to end the use of child soldiers there, the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict has said.

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