The escalating crisis in Syria is forcing hundreds of thousands to flee their homes. As many as 150,000 refugees have found refuge in Jordan since the start of the conflict 17 months ago, with an average of 700 people crossing the desert border every night, 75% of them women and children. That’s up from about 30 new arrivals on any given night just two months ago. Syrian refugees are also streaming into Turkey, Lebanon, and Iraq by the thousands.
Following on from the occasions of International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day we continue to take time to celebrate women’s outstanding global achievements.
Equally, we must recognise the many challenges and dangers affecting their safety, health, livelihoods and dignity that women and girls throughout the world continue to face daily.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day we take time to celebrate women’s outstanding global achievements. Equally, we must recognise the many challenges and dangers affecting their safety, health, livelihoods and dignity that women and girls throughout the world continue to face daily. The following statistics make sobering reading.
by Peter Biro
International Rescue Committee teams in Myanmar (also known as Burma) are preparing to assist thousands of people caught in the destructive path of Cyclone Mahasen as it moves from the Bay of Bengal across Bangladesh and Myanmar.
The tropical storm made landfall early Thursday local time and is expected to bring heavy rains and flash flooding to communities already displaced by ethnic violence.
Article and photography: Sophia Jones-Mwangi
By Terah Edun, South Sudan communications volunteer
YIDA, South Sudan —“We’re on track to deliver more than 50 babies this week,” says Judith, head midwife for the Women and Girl’s Wellness Centre at the Yida refugee settlement. “The average is 35 babies per week, but recently we delivered 21 babies in one night."
Meet two families in South Central Somalia whose lives and communities have been improved through International Rescue Committee projects helping drought and famine survivors make a living. The projects receive support from ECHO, European Commission - Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection.