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Vaccines alone cannot beat polio in Iraq*
10 April 2014 (IRIN ), A countrywide vaccination campaign is under way in Iraq following the country’s first confirmed case of polio in 14 years, but public health experts warn it will take more than immunization to beat the virus.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99922/Vaccines-alone-cannot-beat-polio-in-Iraq
Lack of funding threatens aid response in Iraq's Anbar Province
9 April 2014 (IRIN ), Funding shortages are threatening relief operations in Iraq's troubled Anbar Province, where violent clashes have led to the displacement of more than 400,000 people in three month. Without additional funding, some aid agencies would have to cease operations within one month.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99913/Lack-of-funding-threatens-aid-response-in-Iraq-s-Anbar-Province
Access to education an added challenge for refugees in Egypt
8 April 2014 (IRIN ), As the number of Syrians in Egypt rises, refugees say it has become increasingly difficult to find places for their children in already overstretched government schools. In addition, refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Egypt complain of unaffordable school costs in private and public schools, bureaucratic enrolment procedures, and a growing atmosphere of suspicion, xenophobia and discrimination in the classroom.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99901/Access-to-education-an-added-challenge-for-refugees-in-Egypt
Yemen aid work ever more risky
2 April 2014 (IRIN ), The 25 March kidnapping and release of two UN workers has underlined the risks aid workers in Yemen face.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99874/Yemen-aid-work-ever-more-risky
Smartcard plan to attack Egypt’s fuel crisis
31 March 2014 (IRIN ), Fuel subsidies in Egypt account for 22 percent of the state’s annual budget, taking funds away from other sectors like health and education. The government believes an ambitious five-year scheme, starting with a fuel smartcard roll-out, will reduce and rationalize fuel consumption, circumvent widespread corruption and phase out fuel subsidies.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99865/Smartcard-plan-to-attack-Egypt-s-fuel-crisis
Fear stalks Beirut’s Shia suburbs
26 March 2014 (IRIN ), A wave of bomb attacks in the last nine months in Beirut’s southern suburbs, where the Shia Hezbollah movement have a strong following, have left residents fearful of a fresh round of conflict and insecurity.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99844/Fear-stalks-Beirut-s-Shia-suburbs
Displacement, violence likely cause of Iraq’s first polio case in 14 years
24 March 2014 (IRIN ), Health officials in Iraq are stepping up polio immunization and surveillance following the first confirmed case of the virus in the country in 14 years.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99834/Displacement-violence-likely-cause-of-Iraq-s-first-polio-case-in-14-years
Jordan pins water hopes on controversial pipeline project
20 March 2014 (IRIN ), Jordan, one of the world’s most water scarce states, is facing a “perfect storm of pressures” including chronic scarcity, over-use, waste, and a massive increase in demand caused by refugee arrivals, according to a report published this month by the NGO Mercy Corps.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99807/Jordan-pins-water-hopes-on-controversial-pipeline-project
Limited humanitarian access to Yemen’s Al Dhale Governorate
11 March 2014 (IRIN ), Humanitarians say they are still struggling to get uninterrupted access to Al Dhale Governorate in southern Yemen, which has seen fighting between militant separatists and the government since December 2013, leading to the deaths of an estimated 40 civilians.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99769/Limited-humanitarian-access-to-Yemen-s-Al-Dhale-Governorate
UAE aid - a top 20 donor plans to get bigger
6 March 2014 (IRIN ), Atop a tall metal pole some 80km north of the Jordanian capital, Amman, a giant United Arab Emirates (UAE) flag flaps near the entrance to a Syrian refugee camp.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99750/UAE-aid-a-top-20-donor-plans-to-get-bigger
Analysis: Reconciliation looks remote in Egypt
5 March 2014 (IRIN ), The seven months since July’s overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi in Egypt have been among the most violent and divisive in recent times, analysts say, as much of society polarizes along pro-Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and pro-army lines.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99742/Analysis-Reconciliation-looks-remote-in-Egypt
US$103 million appeal to help Anbar IDPs
5 March 2014 (IRIN ), The UN launches an emergency appeal for US$103 million to fund the response effort in Iraq’s Anbar Province, where fighting between government forces and Islamic insurgents and other militant groups has displaced more than 400,000 people.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99746/US-103-million-appeal-to-help-Anbar-IDPs
Aid workers adjust to increasing violence in Lebanon
3 March 2014 (IRIN ), A few weeks ago, the head of security for a charity in Lebanon got the kind of call you never want to get. “One of our staff has been kidnapped,” the voice on the other end said. “She was at a checkpoint an hour ago and no one has heard from her since.”
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99728/Aid-workers-adjust-to-increasing-violence-in-Lebanon
Jordanian farmers face “driest season in decades”
26 February 2014 (IRIN ), On the surface all looks well: the sky above southern Jordan is deep blue and the sun is shining over fields of wheat and barley. Some families are out playing in the fields and celebrating the first glimpse of spring.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99706/Jordanian-farmers-face-driest-season-in-decades
Conflict in Yemen’s north threatens political transition
24 February 2014 (IRIN ), At least seven months of stop-start clashes in northern Yemen are hampering aid delivery and raising fears that conflict here could derail the country’s political transition process, according to aid workers and analysts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99697/Conflict-in-Yemen-s-north-threatens-political-transition
Analysis: EU aid to Palestinians - help or hindrance?
19 February 2014 (IRIN ), While EU aid to the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) may be averting a major humanitarian crisis, some say it is playing into Israeli hands by supporting the political status quo and freeing Israel of its international obligations. Others say the aid would be better directed elsewhere.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99670/Analysis-EU-aid-to-Palestinians-help-or-hindrance
Old fault lines, new flashpoints in Iraq’s Anbar
7 February 2014 (IRIN ), In just over four weeks, more than 260,000 people have been displaced by fighting in Iraq’s Anbar Province, creating a new humanitarian crisis in a country already straining to cope with an upsurge in sectarian killings.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99611/Old-fault-lines-new-flashpoints-in-Iraq-s-Anbar
As fighting continues in Anbar, displaced numbers soar
5 February 2014 (IRIN ), Tens of thousands of people continue to flee fierce fighting between government security forces, Islamic militants and tribal groups in western Iraq, while many are believed to be trapped in what are being described as siege-like conditions, sealed off from aid.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99594/As-fighting-continues-in-Anbar-displaced-numbers-soar
Jordan’s other refugees feel forgotten
5 February 2014 (IRIN ), Just like thousands of refugees arriving in Jordan, Jacob Khamees experienced violence, hunger and fear in his home country. “I still remember when they attacked us, killed the animals and burned the fields,” he told IRIN.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99591/Jordan-s-other-refugees-feel-forgotten
Child labour climbs among Iraqi refugees in Lebanon
3 February 2014 (IRIN ), A new report by the NGO Caritas, which has been providing support for Iraqi refugees in the country for over a decade, says a growing number of children are being forced into labour.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99583/Child-labour-climbs-among-Iraqi-refugees-in-Lebanon

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