As of 17 September 2013
A Visual Display of the Toll of Syrian Conflict on Refugee Women & Girls in the Heart of Washington DC
An illustration of the life Syrian refugees left behind, images shared with CARE Syrian refugee volunteers, as captured by their family who have remained behind.
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CARE began work in Jordan in 1948 to meet the needs of Palestinian refugees displaced with the creation of Israel. Currently, economic participation of women remains lower here than in other countries in the region despite comparatively higher educational attainment. Traditional values that restrict women’s rights are compounded by discrimination in the workplace. Jordan also has one of the lowest levels of water resource availability per capita in the world.
As the population doubles over the next two decades, water scarcity will become an even greater problem and will challenge farmers to improve food security through environmentally sustainable agricultural practices.
Jordan has been host to an estimated 450,000 refugees fleeing violence and insecurity in Iraq and 580,000 refugees to date from the Syria conflict. We are working to meet the needs of poor farmers, women, and these refugees, all affected by conflict, economic disparity, discrimination or a fragile resource base.
"Words alone are not enough.”
CARE Jordan has a program where refugees from Iraq come together to learn literacy, form creative teams, and work with the elderly. Women are taught team-building and skills like embroidery and cooking, and create products that can be sold to help generate revenue for their family.
The ongoing armed conflict in Syria has affected more than 8.6 million people, including 4 million children. We’re working to help the more than 2 million Syrian refugees struggling to survive.
As of 17 September 2013
More than 2 million Syrians have fled their country, according to the United Nations refugee agency. With nowhere to go and often with just the clothes on their backs, many end up in refugee camps that are both overcrowded and overwhelmed. Many organizations are offering supplies, shelter and medical care for the people displaced by the crisis and you can help.
A dozen Syrian girls, ages 12 to 16, mainly refugees from the flattened city of Homs, sit in a semicircle. Their heads are covered. They are naturally reticent in dealing with a male foreigner. But they eventually warm up, talking about their escapes, their plans for school and Syrian pop stars.
The UN says more than 2 million refugees have left Syria. But while up to 70,000 refugees fled to Jordan in early 2013, the stream has dwindled to a trickle. Aid workers believe the Jordanian government has closed the border, but Jordan says it's due to Syrian fighting.
The political and diplomatic crisis in Syria have caught the world's attention. But the continuing conflict is also producing a humanitarian crisis: millions of refugees. And the world is only now becoming aware of the scale of the problem.
The Atlanta-based relief organization CARE is again trying to help. WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with CARE's president and CEO, Dr. Helene Gayle.