Dial A for Aid - Iraq's new humanitarian hotline

A communication gap has grown between the 3.1 million displaced Iraqis and the organisations supposed to serve them. Can a new hotline help? Or will they just be a voice telling people that their food aid has been cut? full report

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In Libya's desert south, a town fends for itself

UBARI, 27 August 2015 (IRIN) - Civilians in the oasis town of Ubari in southern Libya are trapped in a conflict that has cut them off from the outside world. Supplies and aid are almost non-existent, the hospital barely functions and the wounded often die of their injuries before they can get the assistance they need. full report

Do we still care about the F word?

ISTANBUL, 24 August 2015 (IRIN) - Famine, one of the most loaded words in the humanitarian lexicon, used to have the power to provoke global campaigns. Nowadays, the general public barely bats an eyelid. full report

Iraq's mystery murders

KIRKUK, 24 August 2015 (IRIN) - A series of mystery killings and disappearances in Iraq’s disputed territories have left some displaced afraid to leave their homes. There is little evidence to show who is behind the crimes, but the identities of those dying follows a trend – the majority of the victims are Sunni Muslim and Arab, often already displaced by conflict. full report

'We can't have another year like this'

JERUSALEM, 21 August 2015 (IRIN) - Pierre Krähenbühl, head of the UN's agency for Palestinians, has just faced the largest financial crisis in the organisation's history. Has he got a plan to stop another? full report

Yemeni rebels 'planting mines' as they retreat

ADEN, 19 August 2015 (IRIN) - In the past few weeks, the momentum in Yemen's civil war has shifted radically. The northern Houthi rebels have suddenly been put on the back foot. As they pull back, they are accused of mining civilians areas indiscriminately. full report

Film: Gaza fire

GAZA CITY, 18 August 2015 (IRIN) - Last summer's war in Israel and Gaza left more than 2,000 Palestinians dead. At the forefront of the battle to save people were the Palestinian enclave's fire service. One year on, the firefighters are battling not just flames - but politics, salary shortages and a chronic lack of equipment. full report

Progress but little punch in Libya talks

GENEVA, 17 August 2015 (IRIN) - Almost a year into UN-led talks in Libya, progress has been excruciatingly slow - often appearing to slide backwards. But Mary Fitzgerald, who has been watching the talks closely, finds some reason for optimism. full report

The road to Damascus – key Syrian artery under threat

ISTANBUL, 13 August 2015 (IRIN) - The M5 road, a key trade route for government-controlled Syria, is under fresh threat from the Islamic State. The impact could be huge. full report

Bearing witness to the crimes of the Islamic State

ERBIL, IRAQ, 12 August 2015 (IRIN) - Brave civilians in Iraq’s second city of Mosul and other areas under the control of so-called Islamic State are defying the Islamist militants by reporting information to aid agencies. But with access still impossible, what good does it do? full report

Fact check: Is Turkey using ISIS as an excuse to fight the Kurds?

ISTANBUL, 11 August 2015 (IRIN) - Is Turkey faking its commitment to taking on so-called Islamic State so it can go after its longtime Kurdish separatist foes? full report