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Syrian refugee women: Lina's story

Syrian refugee women: Lina's story


More than 145,000 Syrian refugee families in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt – one in four of all households – are headed by women facing a lone fight for survival, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday.

Life is a daily struggle to make ends meet for these Syrian refugee women as they battle to maintain their dignity and care for their families in run-down overcrowded homes, insecure makeshift shelters and tents, UNHCR said in its report “Woman Alone: The fight for survival by Syria’s refugee women”.

The report is based on the personal testimony of 135 of those women, given over three months of interviews in early 2014. Forced to take sole responsibility for their families after their men were killed, captured, or otherwise separated, they are caught in a spiral of hardship, isolation and anxiety.

With 2.8 million refugees and millions more internally displaced, Syria has become the largest displacement crisis in the world. Since the start of 2014, more than 100,000 Syrian refugees have registered in neighbouring countries every month. The total number of refugees is expected to reach 3.6 million by the end of the year.

Copyright: UNHCR 2014
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