UNRWA, Syria midwife delivers baby in harsh conditions

Damascus The vibrant cry of a baby burst out from a small room in the Khan Eshieh refugee camp in southern Damascus. Forced to find refuge in a shelter housing another 15 people, Mayada Yahya gave birth in a small room with no privacy. The room has provided shelter to Mayada and her husband ever since they fled the fighting in Daraya, near Damascus, a few months ago. Little did she know that she would be delivering their child in this same room months later. Makeshift … [Read more...]

Syrian Women Cope, ZA’ATARI REFUGEE CAMP

ZA’ATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Mafreq, Jordan — Syrian women residing in the are trying to cope with life in the fenced area that hosts some 40,000 refugees, by engaging in several activities organized by UNFPA. For Fathieh, participating in these activities helps kill time. “Currently, I train women on weaving and embroidery skills, and I learn other handicrafts,” said the mother of ten. Fathieh noted that she attended workshops about family planning organized by the UNFPA and the Noor Al … [Read more...]

Tippi Hendren – WOMAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is elated to Celebrate the Life of this powerhouse, one that lived her life way ahead of the times; not accepting that any form of abuse was acceptable. Leaving a career she excelled at and loved due to sexual harassment at the workplace, this woman was guided into a world that opened her eyes to the plight of other women, specifically Vietnamese women refugees in America. A Woman that lived ahead of the times !!! Taking Action to assist and work with … [Read more...]

YEMEN: Women die as violence impedes antenatal care in Abyan

TAKE ACTION !!! ABYAN, 24 August 2012 (IRIN) - In June, after spending 11 months in a makeshift camp for people displaced by violence, 19-year-old Dawlah Muslih, then seven months pregnant, returned to her home in an area of Yemen where safety was supposed to have improved. It was a move her family would come to regret. Two months ago, the government announced that the militant group Ansar al-Sharia had been routed from the southern Abyan Governorate by a large-scale military offensive. … [Read more...]

Syria: head of UN observers meets with Government officials, voices concern over Aleppo

30 July 2012 – The acting head of UN observers in Syria today held his first meeting with Government officials, during which he called for an end to the fighting that has wracked the Middle Eastern country, and voiced concern about ongoing combat taking place in the city of Aleppo. “It was a good opportunity for me to discuss UNSMIS activities in the coming 20 days. I stressed the need for all sides to end the bloodshed – Syrians killing Syrians – and for all sides to commit to political … [Read more...]

SYRIA – The United Nations doubled its appeal for aid funds on Thursday

The United Nations doubled its appeal for aid funds The United Nations doubled its appeal for aid funds on Thursday to help thousands of refugees fleeing the violence in Syria, the majority of whom are women and children. The World Food Programme (WFP) described the refugees' position as increasingly dramatic even though host countries were continuing to accept new arrivals. "Their situation has become more vulnerable in host countries. What little cash they had is over and they need our … [Read more...]

WORLD REFUGEE DAY – June 20th

"We must work together to mobilize the political will and leadership to prevent and end the conflicts that trigger refugee flows. [...] Despite budget constraints everywhere, we must not turn away from those in need. Refugees leave because they have no choice. We must choose to help." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Theme for 2012: Refugees have no choice. You do. THE STATE OF THE WORLD'S REFUGEES 2012 - "In Search of Solidarity" For years, many countries and regions have been … [Read more...]

MONUSCO, Roger Meece,(DRC) is Taking Action to to put an end to the armed mutiny

Fighting in North and South Kivu provinces in the DRC has led to massive displacement, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes. Photo: UNHCR/G. Ramazani June 2012 – The Security Council today strongly condemned the recent mutiny by renegade soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as well as the killing and abuse of civilians, mostly women and children, by armed groups operating in the eastern part of the country.The eastern provinces of North and South Kivu … [Read more...]

UN agency revising policies to protect people fleeing persecution due to Sexuality

    Refugees marked out by their sexual orientation or gender identity face danger, difficulty and discrimination.....      October 2010 – The United Nations refugee agency said today it is revising its policies to protect people fleeing persecution due to their sexual orientation or gender identity, after a survey highlighted the dangers and prejudice faced by lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals and intersex asylum-seekers and refugees. “These risks are significant and should … [Read more...]

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