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Yemen crisis a boon for people smugglers

SANAA, 20 November 2014 (IRIN) - Yemen’s security crisis is leading to a rapid expansion in the country’s people smuggling trade, with thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa desperate to use the country as a gateway to Saudi Arabia. full report

An ambitious plan to end statelessness

LONDON, 7 November 2014 (IRIN) - It is now 60 years since stateless people received recognition in international law, and the UN has two conventions (1954 and 1961) dedicated to their protection and the regularization of their situation. Yet an estimated 10 million people worldwide still suffer the problems and indignities of having no nationality. full report

"Popular Committees" feed Yemen polarization

SANAA, 3 November 2014 (IRIN) - After more than a decade of on-and-off conflict with the government and allied tribes, in September the Houthis - a Zaidi Shia Muslim group - advanced from their northern base in Sa'dah, seizing control of many parts of the capital. full report

Sana'a power vacuum hampers aid response

SANA'A, 29 September 2014 (IRIN) - A week after a ceasefire agreement that ended days of fighting in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, ongoing political uncertainty and rights violations are making it difficult for people to get their lives back together. full report

Yemen deal brings little solace*

SANAA, 23 September 2014 (IRIN) - With northern rebels claiming the capital Sana'a and Al-Qaeda militants increasing their attacks in the south, Yemen's security crisis is likely to continue, experts believe. While a new agreement between the Houthi rebels and the government may have temporarily reduced fears of all-out civil war, the country's political, security and economic crises are unlikely to ease, leading NGOs to fear increasing humanitarian needs. full report

Can legal changes stop trafficking in Yemen?

BEIRUT, 9 September 2014 (IRIN) - A Yemeni draft law envisaging strict penalties for those involved in trafficking migrants, including kidnapping them and demanding ransom, may finally bring an end to decades of exploitation. full report

Lessons to be learned from the MERS outbreak

DUBAI, 27 August 2014 (IRIN) - Only a few months ago, the threat from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in large parts of the Gulf region appeared to be growing. Dozens of new cases were being reported every month and a key panel set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) advised that the “situation had increased in terms of its seriousness and urgency.” full report

Yemen fuel subsidy cuts hit poor hardest

SANA'A, 25 August 2014 (IRIN) - A sharp increase in fuel prices threatens to plunge hundreds of thousands of Yemenis into poverty and food insecurity in the Arab world’s poorest country - particularly if regular welfare payments to Yemen's poorest people continue to be dispersed erratically, aid organizations have warned. full report

Yemen IDPs mull return to Amran after ceasefire

SANAA, 31 July 2014 (IRIN) - As the Houthi militants withdraw from the Yemeni city of Amran, the 35,000 people displaced plot their way home full report

Increasing drug use strains Yemen’s services

SANA'A, 30 June 2014 (IRIN) - An influx of cheap counterfeit pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs, coupled with rising unemployment and an increasingly disillusioned society, is driving substance abuse in Yemen, placing a growing strain on already stretched health and policing services. full report

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