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Iraq's deepening divides
7 July 2015 (IRIN ), As parts of Iraq become liberated from the so-called Islamic State (IS), there are fears of new waves of violence between internally-displaced people (IDPs) who are starting to return home amid deepening sectarian tension, especially in long-disputed territories such as Nineveh and Kirkuk.
Life under siege in Yemen
7 July 2015 (IRIN ), In Yemen, Saudi Arabia has been accused of blockading the country. But for many Yemenis, it is the Houthi militia, not the Saudis, who are preventing them from getting food and water.
Can the UN's agency for Palestinians be fixed?
3 July 2015 (IRIN ), Facing what its commissioner-general Pierre Krähenbühl called its “most serious financial crisis ever,” this week the UN agency for Palestinian refugees let go some half of its international personnel. What, if anything, can be done to fix the frequently broke agency?
The most important aid organisation you've never heard of
2 July 2015 (IRIN ), Saudi Arabia has quietly launched a new behemoth in the international aid world. The King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid looks set have a budget of hundreds of millions and could become the country's equivalent to USAID. As one UN expert said, "the era of the Saudis just giving money and disappearing is over."
Fleeing Islamic State: 'We heard them calling takbir'
30 June 2015 (IRIN ), Tens of thousands of Syrians have fled fighting in the northern city of Hassakeh, with residents describing widespread panic following a sustained assault by so-called Islamic State militants. For the newly displaced, there are shortages of goods and support.
Islamic State attack puts Kobani reconstruction at risk
26 June 2015 (IRIN ), The Islamic State's daring attack on the Kurdish Syrian city of Kobani has left thousands of those who returned displaced again, including over 1,000 stranded on the border, and could derail plans for a major demining and reconstruction operations in the city.
Turkish NGO move boosts Syria aid delivery
25 June 2015 (IRIN ), Eight international NGOs delivering desperately needed food, blankets and medical aid to war-torn Syria have finally been granted legal status in Turkey after years of deadlocked applications.
Taking the refugee boat out of Yemen
24 June 2015 (IRIN ), Yemen's peace talks collapsed almost as soon as they begun, leaving the country's citizens desperate. Last month Lama Fakih was with some of them as they took the boat to Djibouti.
Will the UN’s Gaza report force change?
22 June 2015 (IRIN ), A United Nations investigation accusing Israel and Palestinian armed groups of alleged war crimes in last summer’s Gaza conflict has caused a stir, but will it make any difference?
Would you advise a friend to follow you across the Mediterranean?
18 June 2015 (IRIN ), Jad and Hassan both fled the Syrian civil. Jad risked his lifetaking the dangerous boat route to Europe, and Hassan is now considering it. What advice would he have for his old friend?
From grooms to body bags: the story of Yemen's fighters
16 June 2015 (IRIN ), Yemen’s warring leaders like to give the impression that their armies are well-trained, battle-hardened elites, but in reality many of their footsoldiers are poor and desperate family men forced into action by circumstance. IRIN gained rare access to relatives of men killed on both sides of the conflict:
The benefits of hosting refugees
11 June 2015 (IRIN ), The negative impact of Syria’s war on its neighbours has been discussed at length. But what is less spoken about is the economic boon of having one of the world’s largest aid operations move into town.
Ice men of Taiz are last ones standing
10 June 2015 (IRIN ), Gaining rare access to Yemen's embattled third city Taiz, IRIN finds a ghost town - with schools closed and streets deserted. The only people braving the streets for long periods are the city's new ice men.
Time for a new deal for Middle East's displaced?
10 June 2015 (IRIN ), As the Middle East's internal displacement crisis deepens, is it time for a regional and legally-binding agreement to ensure governments uphold their responsibilities towards their own citizens?
What do Turkish elections mean for Syrian refugees?
9 June 2015 (IRIN ), Whatever type of government comes out of this week’s elections in Turkey, the result is likely to be bad for refugees.
New UN aid chief demands more Iraq access
9 June 2015 (IRIN ), The United Nation’s new aid chief Stephen O'Brien has used his first overseas trip to highlight Iraq's desperate humanitarian crisis.
Iraqi IDPs: one year and counting
4 June 2015 (IRIN ), One year on from the fall of Mosul to militants from the so-called Islamic State, displaced families living in a camp in Erbil tell IRIN how they are coming to terms with their new situation but still dream of one day being able to go home.
One year after Mosul's fall, Iraq's worsening displacement crisis
4 June 2015 (IRIN ), One year after militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) seized control of Iraq’s second city Mosul, the country is sinking into an ever-deepening quagmire with more than eight million people now in need of “life-saving assistance.”
Briefing: How 2.9 million Iraqis were displaced in 18 months
4 June 2015 (IRIN ), Nearly three million Iraqis have been displaced since January 2014 due to fighting between the self-proclaimed Islamic State and government forces. We explain the different waves of displacement.
The Catch-22 for Palestinian villages in the West Bank
3 June 2015 (IRIN ), The small town of Susiya is due to be destroyed in the coming days. To understand why, you need to delve deep into Israel's bureaucratic monster.

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