Play time with cousins, math and Arabic studies, a favorite electric bike: Sara*, 12, remembers her life in Syria before the conflict that has caused four million refugees to flee the country, and another seven million civilians to be displaced.
Humanitarian agencies recognize that women are particularly vulnerable in conflicts, especially when unaccompanied by a male family member. Women are especially at risk when male family members have been killed, are missing, or in Mariam’s case, the husband deliberately abandons his family.
“I don’t want to be an unheard refugee, feeling so weak, not doing anything.”
With few options, Syrian refugees require assistance as they await return to destroyed homes
Over 80% of refugees from Nigeria have found shelter in host families in Niger, most of them poor and chronically hungry themselves. This is an account of humbling hospitality and one woman’s strength.
Fana is 17 years old. But the horrors she has lived through in Nigeria are enough for a lifetime.
Gambo and Hadja both fled Northern Nigeria with their children to seek shelter and peace in Niger. Their lives are put on hold.
It is cold and rainy, when I arrive in the refugee camp Berseve I, about 20 minutes by car from Zakho in the Kurdish Region of Iraq. The water is pouring on the tarps of the tents, the soil is rain-sodden and within minutes my hands are freezing cold.