145,000 Syrian refugee women "fight for survival"

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Displaced children and women stand in Aleppo, Syria. Photo: UNICEF/Romenzi

More than 145,000 Syrian refugee families in Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan are headed by women, according to a report released by the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR.

The report "Woman Alone" says they face what it calls "a lone fight for survival."

The women are, according to the report, forced to take sole responsibility for their families after their men were killed, captured, or otherwise separated.

It says many are caught in a "spiral of hardship, isolation and anxiety."

The war in Syria started in March 2011 and since then around 2.8 million people have fled the country.

The total number of refugees is expected to reach 3.6 million by the end of the year.

UNHCR has appealed for urgent new action from donors, host governments and aid agencies to relieve what the agency calls the "grinding hardship" which the women and their families suffer.

Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations

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