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
Should airdrops be tried to save starving Syrians?
27 January 2016
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?
Smuggling oxygen on a camel into a besieged city in Yemen
19 January 2016
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.
When the war hits home
22 September 2015
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.
Briefing: All you need to know about sieges in Syria
12 January 2016
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.
Jordan cracks (down) under refugee pressure
6 January 2016
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.
A different sort of aid for Syria?
4 January 2016
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.
Timeline: Yemen's horrible year
23 December 2015
2015 was a disastrous year for Yemen. Already the Arabian Peninsula's poorest country, the rise of the Houthi insurgency and Saudi Arabian-led airstrikes intended to oust them from power led to a full-blown humanitarian disaster. And then in November, coastal regions were hit by the most powerful storm in decades, causing displacement and flooding. Here's a look back at Yemen's awful year, with links to our coverage of the unfolding crisis, especially its impact on civilians: