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

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Syria aid deal? What about Aleppo?

JERUSALEM, 12 February 2016 (IRIN) - As diplomats hash out the finer details of a deal to cease hostilities and allow increased humanitarian access in Syria, it appears that the civilians of Aleppo may have been left in the lurch. full report

UN changes Syria siege list, adds Madaya and Yarmouk

JERUSALEM, 1 February 2016 (IRIN) - The UN has quietly added four areas to its increasingly controversial list of areas under siege in Syria, including Yarmouk and Madaya, the town that brought the issue of blockades into the limelight. full report

Syrian peace talks lost in a fog of war

JERUSALEM, 28 January 2016 (IRIN) - With the main Syrian opposition group threatening not to show, and talks in separate rooms even if they do, are these peace talks at all? full report

Should airdrops be tried to save starving Syrians?

JERUSALEM, 27 January 2016 (IRIN) - Since Madaya forced the plight of Syrians under siege onto the international stage, voices calling for airdrops to save starving civilians have only become louder. Governments and aid agencies say it can't be done effectively. But is it that simple? full report

Smuggling oxygen on a camel into a besieged city in Yemen

TAIZ, 19 January 2016 (IRIN) - There are massive gaps in aid to the besieged Yemeni city of Taiz, and that’s where some 300 donkeys and 20 camels come in. Along with their owners, this is the estimated number of animals plying the mountain routes and bringing food, medicine, propane, and oxygen into the city. full report

When the war hits home

SANA'A, 22 September 2015 (IRIN) - Yemeni journalist and regular IRIN contributor Almigdad Mojalli was killed on Sunday morning, the victim of an apparent airstrike. To remember Almigdad and his tireless efforts to chronicle his country's terrible and often unnoticed civil war, we are republishing this piece he wrote in September, which highlights just how hard it is to be a father, a son, a husband, and a journalist working in a war zone. full report

UN appeals for Syria: a look at the numbers

JERUSALEM, 15 January 2016 (IRIN) - As the war in Syria drags on, donors have given more but the percentage of needs they meet has decreased. IRIN takes a look at the numbers. full report

Briefing: All you need to know about sieges in Syria

LONDON, 12 January 2016 (IRIN) - Last week’s deal to allow aid into Madaya was more of a swap by warring parties than a humanitarian gesture, and the small Syrian village is not an isolated case. So as aid trucks brought relief to the besieged village, IRIN went looking for information on sieges, and found out that even the simplest questions don’t have easy answers. full report

Jordan cracks (down) under refugee pressure

AMMAN, 6 January 2016 (IRIN) - At the beginning of what’s already set to be a tough year, Jordan's deportation of 600 Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers who had been demanding more support is a grim indicator of the growing insecurity refugees in Jordan face. full report

A different sort of aid for Syria?

BEIRUT, 4 January 2016 (IRIN) - Some aid organisations and policy experts are finding that with more than four out of five Syrians in poverty, traditional humanitarian aid, while necessary, just isn’t enough. So they’re advocating for, and implementing, livelihood projects – intervention to assist people’s abilities to support themselves. full report