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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Aid to Syrians: how far does it go?

BEIRUT, 25 November 2015 (IRIN) - Struggling to find work and receiving little aid, many of Lebanon's 1.1 million Syrian refugees are barely getting by. An estimated 90 percent are in debt and nearly all have to make sacrifices. IRIN asked six families how they make do. full report

Old problems in Jerusalem's Old City

JERUSALEM, 23 November 2015 (IRIN) - The issues Palestinians face in Jerusalem are on full display inside the walls of the Old City, where the latest violent flare-up began. full report

Raqqa civilians on the line

JERUSALEM, 16 November 2015 (IRIN) - 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? full report

Iraq's killer weather

EXETER/KIRKUK, 12 November 2015 (IRIN) - 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. full report

Will Yemen’s storm yet prove disastrous?

JERUSALEM, 5 November 2015 (IRIN) - 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. full report

Yemen's curse: civil war, bombs, and now floods

SANA'A, 3 November 2015 (IRIN) - 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. full report

Lebanese law forces Syrian refugees underground

RIYAQ, 2 November 2015 (IRIN) - 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. full report

The cost of freedom from Islamic State

BAGHDAD, 29 October 2015 (IRIN) - Some of Iraq's 3.2 million IDPs are paying extortionate sums of money just to leave home and escape the so-called Islamic State. full report

Counting under fire: the untold story of Syria's casualty data

LONDON, 27 October 2015 (IRIN) - Counting the dead in a warzone as complex as Syria is challenging and dangerous. IRIN spoke to the organisations determined to keep at this tough job. full report

Survival on Sinjar mountain

MOUNT SINJAR, 22 October 2015 (IRIN) - 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. full report