Home > Middle East > Syria

SYRIA  

Can the UN's agency for Palestinians be fixed?

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT, 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? full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Racism, corruption and oligopoly

BEIRUT, 3 July 2015 (IRIN) - Welcome to IRIN's reading list. This week, racism in the development world, tackling corruption and the lessons of the Somalia success. full report

The most important aid organisation you've never heard of

BEIRUT, 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." full report

Fleeing Islamic State: 'We heard them calling takbir'

AMUDA, SYRIA, 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. full report

Islamic State attack puts Kobani reconstruction at risk

BEIRUT, 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. full report

The week in numbers

BEIRUT, 26 June 2015 (IRIN) - A new weekly feature rounding up the key figures in crisis and humanitarian reporting. full report

Turkish NGO move boosts Syria aid delivery

ISTANBUL, 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. full report

What you need to know about the global refugee crisis

LONDON, 18 June 2015 (IRIN) - We are witnessing the largest and most rapid escalation ever in the number of people being forced from their homes. In 2014, an average of 42,500 people were displaced every day. The world desperately needs to better responses. full report

Would you advise a friend to follow you across the Mediterranean?

BEIRUT, 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? full report

IRIN's Top Picks: Briefings, standards and cat-fights

DUBAI, 12 June 2015 (IRIN) - Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. full report

[Read more about Syria ]