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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

Taking the refugee boat out of Yemen

BEIRUT, 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. full report

From grooms to body bags: the story of Yemen's fighters

SANA'A, 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: 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

Time for a new deal for Middle East's displaced?

DUBAI, 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? full report

Ice men of Taiz are last ones standing

TAIZ, 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. full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Burundi, bombs and bogus claims

DUBAI, 5 June 2015 (IRIN) - This week our Top Picks cover the deadly civilian toll in Yemen, Burundi, the battle against self-declared Islamic State in Iraq, an alleged aid scandal in Haiti, and how to change the global aid infrastructure for the better: full report

Wet beds and nightmares: Yemen's children learn war

SANA'A/DUBAI, 1 June 2015 (IRIN) - Yemeni children are suffering sustained psychosocial trauma due to airstrikes and gun battles. Many are also at risk from explosive remnants of war that now litter their communities. full report

Yemen conflict fans food insecurity

AMMAN / DUBAI, 22 May 2015 (IRIN) - The conflict in Yemen is worsening the country's food insecurity, according to a new report, which predicts that parts of the the Arab state may enter an "emergency phase" by the end of the year. full report

Children bear brunt of Yemen’s war

SANAA, 18 May 2015 (IRIN) - Aid agencies in Yemen are warning of dire consequences for the country’s children if the conflict there does not stop soon. In addition to young people being killed and injured, malnutrition and diarrhea are on the rise due to limited access to food and clean water and close to two million are out of school due to the fighting. full report

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