Conflict

Libya aid push constrained by insecurity

DUBAI, 1 October 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - A wave of violence between militia groups vying for power is sweeping across parts of Libya, prompting international organizations to put forth an ambitious plan to provide humanitarian aid to 85,000 people by the end of this year. Yet concerns remain over the feasibility of such an operation, given the security risks, access issues and communication problems. full report

Sana'a power vacuum hampers aid response

SANA'A, 29 September 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - A week after a ceasefire agreement that ended days of fighting in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, ongoing political uncertainty and rights violations are making it difficult for people to get their lives back together. full report

Polio cases surge in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, 29 September 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Pakistan is heading for one of its worst years for polio in recent times. According to figures from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), 166 cases of polio have been verified this year, compared to 28 at the same time last year. full report

Left behind in North Waziristan

PESHAWAR, 25 September 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Humanitarian attention during the ongoing Pakistan army offensive against militants in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) has focused on the roughly one million internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have fled. But a less accessible group of people exist: those who stayed behind. full report

Pakistani refugees welcome end to Afghan political deadlock

KHOST (AFGHANISTAN)/BANNU (PAKISTAN), 23 September 2014 (IRIN Asia) - The deal on a unity government in Afghanistan to end the electoral deadlock was greeted with celebrations in the eastern provinces where tens of thousands of recent Pakistani refugees say they have been victims of the uncertainty. full report

Yemen deal brings little solace*

SANAA, 23 September 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - With northern rebels claiming the capital Sana'a and Al-Qaeda militants increasing their attacks in the south, Yemen's security crisis is likely to continue, experts believe. While a new agreement between the Houthi rebels and the government may have temporarily reduced fears of all-out civil war, the country's political, security and economic crises are unlikely to ease, leading NGOs to fear increasing humanitarian needs. full report

Displaced Iraqis plug response gaps

ERBIL, 22 September 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - As Iraq’s 1.8 million internally-displaced persons (IDPs) realize they may not return home for many months, growing numbers are looking for voluntary or paid work to help their fellow homeless. full report

Briefing: What's in the UN's new Gaza agreement?

GAZA, JERUSALEM, DUBAI, 19 September 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - The UN has announced a new deal to ease restrictions on the Gaza Strip. While many of the exact details remain unclear, IRIN summarises the major themes. full report

UN peacekeeping dilemmas in CAR

LONDON, 19 September 2014 (IRIN Africa) - The flags flew, the bands played, green African Union (AU) berets were swapped for blue UN ones, and MISCA officially became MINUSCA. As the handover was taking place MINUSCA tweeted: “The key priority of the UN in CAR is to support the political process & conclude the country's transition”, setting off alarm bells among those who thought the new force's number one priority was supposed to be protecting civilians. full report

Intimidation, uncertainty mar aid work in Myanmar's Rakhine State

SITTWE, 19 September 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Nearly six months after international aid workers fled Myanmar's Rakhine State when Buddhist mobs attacked their offices and accused them of aid bias, international humanitarian aid services remain restricted, despite the needs of hundreds of thousands of people. full report

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