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Why does no one care about Yemen?
11 February 2016 (IRIN ), More than 6,000 Yemenis have been killed since March in a conflict that has set off a humanitarian catastrophe so severe that humanitarian agencies are struggling to cope. So why does no one seem to care?
UN changes Syria siege list, adds Madaya and Yarmouk
1 February 2016 (IRIN ), The UN has quietly added four areas to its increasingly controversial list of areas under siege in Syria, including Yarmouk and Madaya, the town that brought the issue of blockades into the limelight.
Syrian peace talks lost in a fog of war
28 January 2016 (IRIN ), With the main Syrian opposition group threatening not to show, and talks in separate rooms even if they do, are these peace talks at all?
Should airdrops be tried to save starving Syrians?
27 January 2016 (IRIN ), Since Madaya forced the plight of Syrians under siege onto the international stage, voices calling for airdrops to save starving civilians have only become louder. Governments and aid agencies say it can't be done effectively. But is it that simple?
Smuggling oxygen on a camel into a besieged city in Yemen
19 January 2016 (IRIN ), There are massive gaps in aid to the besieged Yemeni city of Taiz, and that’s where some 300 donkeys and 20 camels come in. Along with their owners, this is the estimated number of animals plying the mountain routes and bringing food, medicine, propane, and oxygen into the city.
UN appeals for Syria: a look at the numbers
15 January 2016 (IRIN ), As the war in Syria drags on, donors have given more but the percentage of needs they meet has decreased. IRIN takes a look at the numbers.
Briefing: All you need to know about sieges in Syria
12 January 2016 (IRIN ), Last week’s deal to allow aid into Madaya was more of a swap by warring parties than a humanitarian gesture, and the small Syrian village is not an isolated case. So as aid trucks brought relief to the besieged village, IRIN went looking for information on sieges, and found out that even the simplest questions don’t have easy answers.
Jordan cracks (down) under refugee pressure
6 January 2016 (IRIN ), At the beginning of what’s already set to be a tough year, Jordan's deportation of 600 Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers who had been demanding more support is a grim indicator of the growing insecurity refugees in Jordan face.
A different sort of aid for Syria?
4 January 2016 (IRIN ), Some aid organisations and policy experts are finding that with more than four out of five Syrians in poverty, traditional humanitarian aid, while necessary, just isn’t enough. So they’re advocating for, and implementing, livelihood projects – intervention to assist people’s abilities to support themselves.
Timeline: Yemen's horrible year
23 December 2015 (IRIN ), 2015 was a disastrous year for Yemen. Already the Arabian Peninsula's poorest country, the rise of the Houthi insurgency and Saudi Arabian-led airstrikes intended to oust them from power led to a full-blown humanitarian disaster. And then in November, coastal regions were hit by the most powerful storm in decades, causing displacement and flooding. Here's a look back at Yemen's awful year, with links to our coverage of the unfolding crisis, especially its impact on civilians:
Aid? What aid? Besieged Yemenis ask
18 December 2015 (IRIN ), On Thursday night, representatives of Yemen’s warring parties announced a deal to immediately allow aid into the besieged city of Taiz. But residents say this week’s truce still hasn’t brought them the relief they so desperately need.
Fixing Yemen's aid problem
15 December 2015 (IRIN ), As a new ceasefire comes into force in Yemen, aid organisations are scrambling to take advantage of the lull to reach vulnerable groups. But their efforts are dogged by supply and distribution problems and they never know how long the truce will last:
Civilians pay for fuel strikes on Islamic State
8 December 2015 (IRIN ), American bombs, Russian bombs, French bombs. They have all fallen on the city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the so-called Islamic State in Syria. For trapped civilians who have survived all the bombs and more, a new and very different threat is emerging: fuel prices are soaring just as the temperature drops and winter sets in.
Can peace deal bring relief to south Libya’s ‘Chinese camp’?
2 December 2015 (IRIN ), A peace deal signed last week in Qatar by warring tribes from the Saharan town of Ubari may bring some hope for displaced and marginalised people in Libya’s desert south, including those holed up in a partially-built construction project known locally as “the Chinese Camp”.
Aid to Syrians: how far does it go?
25 November 2015 (IRIN ), Struggling to find work and receiving little aid, many of Lebanon's 1.1 million Syrian refugees are barely getting by. An estimated 90 percent are in debt and nearly all have to make sacrifices. IRIN asked six families how they make do.
Old problems in Jerusalem's Old City
23 November 2015 (IRIN ), The issues Palestinians face in Jerusalem are on full display inside the walls of the Old City, where the latest violent flare-up began.
Raqqa civilians on the line
16 November 2015 (IRIN ), No civilians were reported killed in the recent strikes on Raqqa but plenty remain in the area. How are they getting by in the capital of the so-called Islamic State?
Iraq's killer weather
12 November 2015 (IRIN ), Iraq is a dangerous country — the UN counts 559 civilians killed there by terrorism and armed conflict in October alone. What is less well known is that its harsh climate, heavy rain as well as extremes in temperature, can also prove fatal.
Will Yemen’s storm yet prove disastrous?
5 November 2015 (IRIN ), Powerful Cyclone Chapala unloaded the worst of its wind and rain on Yemen earlier this week, flooding large portions of its southeastern coast. The concern now is how the estimated 1.1 million Yemenis impacted by the storm will fare in the days, weeks, and months ahead, especially in a country already gripped by civil war and humanitarian crisis.
Yemen's curse: civil war, bombs, and now floods
3 November 2015 (IRIN ), The last thing Yemenis needed in the middle of their long and bitter civil war was a natural disaster. But now the most powerful storm in decades, Cyclone Chapala, has struck the ill-equipped nation, flooding an al-Qaeda-controlled port and much of surrounding Hadhramaut Province.

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