Refugees/IDPs

Can the UN's agency for Palestinians be fixed?

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT, 3 July 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Facing what its commissioner-general Pierre Krähenbühl called its “most serious financial crisis ever,” this week the UN agency for Palestinian refugees let go some half of its international personnel. What, if anything, can be done to fix the frequently broke agency? full report

The most important aid organisation you've never heard of

BEIRUT, 2 July 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Saudi Arabia has quietly launched a new behemoth in the international aid world. The King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid looks set have a budget of hundreds of millions and could become the country's equivalent to USAID. As one UN expert said, "the era of the Saudis just giving money and disappearing is over." full report

It's all about the money

DUBAI, 1 July 2015 (IRIN Global) - The rising cost of responding to concurrent crises – and how to plug that funding gap – is dominating debate in the aid sector and is likely to become one of the key themes at next year’s World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). full report

Fleeing Islamic State: 'We heard them calling takbir'

AMUDA, SYRIA, 30 June 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Tens of thousands of Syrians have fled fighting in the northern city of Hassakeh, with residents describing widespread panic following a sustained assault by so-called Islamic State militants. For the newly displaced, there are shortages of goods and support. full report

Greek financial showdown overshadows refugee crisis

MYTILENE, 30 June 2015 (IRIN Global) - In the shadow of Greece’s bitter row with creditors, the refugee crisis unfolding in its islands has been pushed from the headlines, but boats carrying migrants and asylum seekers continue to arrive and systems for receiving them have virtually collapsed. full report

Niger: Boko Haram's neglected crisis

NIAMEY/DAKAR, 29 June 2015 (IRIN Africa) - Nigerian families first began seeking refuge in Niger in 2013, but Boko Haram-related violence in the region has spiked in recent months, causing the number of refugees to balloon and leading to a fast-growing humanitarian crisis that is garnering little international media attention: full report

IRIN’s Top Picks: Open data, clichés and bush meat

DUBAI, 26 June 2015 (IRIN Global) - Every week our global network of specialist correspondents share their top picks of recent must-read research, interviews, reports, blogs and in-depth articles to help you keep on top of global crises. full report

Mexico's minefield for migrants

COAHUILA, 26 June 2015 (IRIN Global) - Central Americans fleeing gang violence and extreme poverty back home endure perilous journeys through Mexico to reach safety in the US. Now they face additional hurdles as Mexican authorities implement a crackdown. full report

Islamic State attack puts Kobani reconstruction at risk

BEIRUT, 26 June 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - The Islamic State's daring attack on the Kurdish Syrian city of Kobani has left thousands of those who returned displaced again, including over 1,000 stranded on the border, and could derail plans for a major demining and reconstruction operations in the city. full report

Turkish NGO move boosts Syria aid delivery

ISTANBUL, 25 June 2015 (IRIN Middle East) - Eight international NGOs delivering desperately needed food, blankets and medical aid to war-torn Syria have finally been granted legal status in Turkey after years of deadlocked applications. full report

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