Will Islamic State allow polio drive?
GAZIANTEP, 2 September 2015 (IRIN) - The news that Syria had eradicated polio was one of the few positive pieces of news from the country this year. With so-called Islamic State cracking down on NGOs, the country is now at risk of another outbreak. full report
Raqqa civilians on the line
16 November 2015
No civilians were reported killed in the recent strikes on Raqqa but plenty remain in the area. How are they getting by in the capital of the so-called Islamic State?
Iraq's killer weather
12 November 2015
Iraq is a dangerous country — the UN counts 559 civilians killed there by terrorism and armed conflict in October alone. What is less well known is that its harsh climate, heavy rain as well as extremes in temperature, can also prove fatal.
Will Yemen’s storm yet prove disastrous?
5 November 2015
Powerful Cyclone Chapala unloaded the worst of its wind and rain on Yemen earlier this week, flooding large portions of its southeastern coast. The concern now is how the estimated 1.1 million Yemenis impacted by the storm will fare in the days, weeks, and months ahead, especially in a country already gripped by civil war and humanitarian crisis.
Yemen's curse: civil war, bombs, and now floods
3 November 2015
The last thing Yemenis needed in the middle of their long and bitter civil war was a natural disaster. But now the most powerful storm in decades, Cyclone Chapala, has struck the ill-equipped nation, flooding an al-Qaeda-controlled port and much of surrounding Hadhramaut Province.
Lebanese law forces Syrian refugees underground
2 November 2015
A complicated set of laws has made obtaining legal residency in Lebanon so difficult that an estimated two-thirds of the country’s Syrian refugees now lack the proper papers, putting them at constant risk of arrest.
Survival on Sinjar mountain
22 October 2015
The Yazidis' dramatic flight from the so-called Islamic State to a mountaintop in northwestern Iraq brought the minority to international attention a year ago. Now, thousands are still on top of Mount Sinjar, largely forgotten and getting by with little help from the outside world.