Whatever happened to Kobani?

Four months on from the Islamic State retreat from the north Syrian town of Kobani, residents are becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of aid. full report

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Yemen conflict fans food insecurity

AMMAN / DUBAI, 22 May 2015 (IRIN) - The conflict in Yemen is worsening the country's food insecurity, according to a new report, which predicts that parts of the the Arab state may enter an "emergency phase" by the end of the year. full report

Which countries are failing to deliver Gaza aid?

JERUSALEM, 22 May 2015 (IRIN) - Gulf Arab states and Turkey have spectacularly failed to fulfill their pledges to Gaza, contributing the bulk of a two-thirds shortfall in promised assistance to the beleaguered enclave, a new report reveals. full report

UN Watchdog blasts Iraq over IDP treatment

DUBAI, 19 May 2015 (IRIN) - A UN watchdog has blasted the Iraqi authorities for their failure to adequately support and protect the nearly three million people displaced within its borders by the so-called Islamic State, citing examples of restricted movement, detention without due process and an ad hoc approach to aid delivery. full report

Children bear brunt of Yemen’s war

SANAA, 18 May 2015 (IRIN) - Aid agencies in Yemen are warning of dire consequences for the country’s children if the conflict there does not stop soon. In addition to young people being killed and injured, malnutrition and diarrhea are on the rise due to limited access to food and clean water and close to two million are out of school due to the fighting. full report

Photo Feature: Libya's forgotten displaced

TRIPOLI, 18 May 2015 (IRIN) - During Libya’s 2011 revolution, the town of Tawergha was used as a military base by pro-Gaddafi forces. In a revenge attack, Misratan militias entered the town and burned it to the ground, causing some 30,000 Tawerghans to flee. Four years later, many Tawerghans remain displaced. IRIN brings you this photo feature from a Tawergha displacement camp 90km from the capital Tripoli, in a remote location in the mountainous region of Tarhuna, where aid rarely reaches and hope is wearing thin. full report

BRIEFING: Third time lucky for Syria talks?

GENEVA, 14 May 2015 (IRIN) - A new round of talks are underway in Geneva in a bid to find a way to end to the war in Syria. Now in its fifth year, the conflict has claimed at least 220,000 lives and driven more than nine million people from their homes. In this briefing, we look at what has been tried so far and what chance this latest effort has of making any difference. full report

Will Yemen truce allow aid in at last?

SANA'A, 12 May 2015 (IRIN) - A five-day humanitarian truce came into force on Tuesday evening in Yemen. But an escalation in violence over the past few days has planted doubts about how long any pause may last and what longer-term chances there are for lasting peace. Aid agencies have welcomed the break in hostilities but say five days are not enough to reach all of those in need following months of fighting between Houthi rebels and a Saudi-led coalition. full report

What can we do in 5 days? Aid workers sceptical of Saudi truce

SANA'A, 7 May 2015 (IRIN) - The announcement by Saudi Arabia of a five-day humanitarian ceasefire in Yemen has been cautiously welcomed by aid agencies, but some are warning it is not long enough to be meaningful. full report

Iraq aid cuts due to funding shortages

DUBAI, 6 May 2015 (IRIN) - Humanitarian crises around the world are struggling for money, but Iraq – where some 2.7 million people have been internally displaced in the last 17 months – is at the bottom of the pile, having received just eight percent of its 2015 funding needs and aid programmes are being cut. full report

Fuel shortage leads to Yemen hospital shutdowns

SANA'A, 5 May 2015 (IRIN) - Six weeks after a Saudi Arabian-led coalition began bombing Yemen and restricting trade, the human toll is growing. In the capital Sana'a and other cities, hospitals are running out of fuel. full report