In April 2012, Fairouz*, 27, fled her home near Homs in Syria, with her husband and five children. Their house had been bombed and there was little left but to escape with their lives. When they arrived in Jordan, they stayed only one night in Zaatari camp before Jordanian relatives sponsored t
When I was an aid worker in southern Sudan in the 1990s, the fight for independence against Sudan had already been running for many years.
Walking into the CARE supported clinic in Pariang, I see a little girl with edema – her belly is swollen because she hasn’t got enough to eat. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a child with edema, and I certainly didn’t expect to see one in this part of the country.
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