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

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Iraq's deepening divides

ERBIL/DUBAI, 7 July 2015 (IRIN) - As parts of Iraq become liberated from the so-called Islamic State (IS), there are fears of new waves of violence between internally-displaced people (IDPs) who are starting to return home amid deepening sectarian tension, especially in long-disputed territories such as Nineveh and Kirkuk. full report

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

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

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

Will the UN’s Gaza report force change?

JERUSALEM, 22 June 2015 (IRIN) - A United Nations investigation accusing Israel and Palestinian armed groups of alleged war crimes in last summer’s Gaza conflict has caused a stir, but will it make any difference? 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

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

The benefits of hosting refugees

BEIRUT, 11 June 2015 (IRIN) - The negative impact of Syria’s war on its neighbours has been discussed at length. But what is less spoken about is the economic boon of having one of the world’s largest aid operations move into town. full report