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11 March 2015

Brushes and blushes: Livelihood skills help Syrian refugee escape child marriage

CHOUEIFAT, Lebanon – When Hiam, a 13-year-old Syrian refugee living in Lebanon, learned her parents wanted her to marry a complete stranger, she felt helpless. But she saw a way out after hearing of... Read more

15 February 2015

Homs clinic shows the way to women’s access to health services

Homs, Syria -- “In Baba Amro, the area where I lived before, we had no doctors, not even a health clinic. “The conflict has seriously affected health services in Homs”, Om Kareem, said explaining the... Read more

2 February 2015

Amid brutal winter, safe births for Syrian refugees

ZAATARI, Jordan – Syrian refugees in Jordan have endured frigid temperatures, powerful winds, and heavy snow and rainfall this winter. A dangerous mid-January snowstorm, named “Huda,” collapsed... Read more

31 October 2014

When the fear follows: Women's centres help Syrian refugees cope

DEIR ALLA, Jordan – “All I know is that I needed help badly,” said Reem,* a 22-year-old mother of three, at a women’s centre in Deir Alla, Jordan, supported by UNFPA and the Institute for Family... Read more

15 October 2014

Child marriage takes a brutal toll on Syrian girls

DAMASCUS, Syria – “No girls want this life,” said Nour,* a 12-year-old girl from Aleppo, Syria, who was married to a 30-year-old man earlier this year. “Teenage Syrian girls are being forced into... Read more

2 October 2014

Safe delivery services come to Domiz refugee camp, Iraq

DUHOK, Iraq – "The clinic is always crowded," said Lava Abdul Rahman, a gynaecologist at the UNFPA maternity clinic in Domiz, a refugee camp in northern Iraq. Each day, between 30 and 35 pregnant... Read more

19 August 2014

Highest-level of emergency declared in Iraq

UNITED NATIONS, New York – UN officials have declared the humanitarian crisis in Iraq a “Level 3 Emergency,” the highest-level emergency designation. Over a million people have been displaced by... Read more

13 August 2014

Syrian crisis takes heaviest toll on region’s women and girls

UNITED NATIONS, New York - The Syrian crisis continues to send shockwaves through the region, taking the heaviest toll on women and girls. Some 10.8 million people are affected by the emergency in... Read more

18 July 2014

Violence survivors seek support amid Syrian conflict

DAMASCUS, Syria – “All I know is that I need help,” said Amal,* a 46-year-old mother of five as she was admitted to the Al-Halbouni clinic in Damascus, Syria, for a medical consultation after she was... Read more

26 June 2014

Supporting survivors of gender-based violence in war-ravaged Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria – As a new mother, Wardeh’s life should have been filled with hope and anticipation. But like many young women in war-ravaged Syria, her life has become a daily struggle.... Read more