Ali lies on the ground on a brown pillow with floral print. His eyes are open, but motionless. His skinny arms and legs feebly lie beside him, as if they were not part of his body. His mother Fawsa sits next to him, softly massaging his lower legs and caressing his head. Ali does not move. He does not blink, even though flies are making themselves comfortable on his eyelids. Fawsa’s gaze wanders through the small tent, which became their home a couple of days ago. Apart from a few mattresses and pillows, the room is empty. Fawsa’s other two sons are sitting in another corner of the room.
Women & Children in Emergencies
To give Syrian refugees a louder voice amid a conflict whose political dimensions draw most of the world’s attention, American photographers Robert Fogarty and Ben Reece first gave them felt-tip markers. The refugees eagerly wrote messages to world leaders on their arms and hands. Then Reece and Fogarty, who travelled with CARE to Jordan in September 2013, photographed them.
We call on donor governments to address the specific needs of women and girls affected by the crisis in Syria.
CARE is working to help Syrians meet their most urgent needs and protect their dignity. We are on the ground in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen and Syria, collaborating with partners and helping people displaced by the conflict and the communities hosting them. Here's an overview of the assistance we've been able to provide to date:
Hanan is showing us a picture she drew on a torn piece of paper. In some ways it’s what you’d expect from an 8 year old. The people have smiling faces and amorphous bodies. The houses have pointed rooftops and windows.
But look more closely and there are painful details. Hanan has drawn a small tank in the middle of the picture. And toward the top of the page are strange circular objects that seem to be leaking, one next to a house, the other onto one of the smiling faces.
In July 2010, unprecedented flooding in Pakistan left one-fifth of the country submerged underwater and affected 20 million people, forcing them into temporary camps, schools and anywhere else they could find shelter. More recently, in September 2013, heavy monsoon rains triggered floods affecting 1.3 million people. Many have lost their livelihoods and homes and are struggling to fend for their children.
Marie, 30, fled her home in Kitchanga when armed groups arrived and violence broke out in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in March. Her long journey to safety – a week by foot, through fields and forest – was anything but safe. One day, at dusk, not long before reaching the Lac Vert camp, the group of women she was with found themselves surrounded by armed men.
The thick calloused soles of the feet of the women with whom I sat in the tiny village of Maijanjaré in Niger, seven hours by road away from the capital Niamey, tell their own story. It is a story of many hardships, of back-breaking labor to dig a bit of land in extremely rocky, hard and dry soil in order to plant and hopefully harvest a bit of millet. It is a story of having to walk two hours each day to collect water.