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
Two years ago Hayat’s* life was turned upside down when her husband was taken by authorities. She has not heard from him since. At the time, they were living with their four daughters in his family’s village near Kobane, Syria.
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.