Syrian refugee women in Lebanon face hardships as sole providers

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Fadia, a Syrian refugee. (UNHCR video capture)

Women refugees experience considerable hardships in their host countries, which are compounded when they are the sole providers of households, a new report by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has found.

More than 145,000 Syrian refugee families in Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan – or one in four of all households – are headed by women facing a lone fight for survival, the agency says.

Forced to take responsibility for their families after their men were killed, captured or otherwise separated, they often experience poverty, isolation and fear of exploitation.

A former nurse, Fadia, found life as a refugee in Lebanon to be especially difficult without employment.

She counts herself lucky to be living in a shelter paid for by aid agencies, but food and other necessities are harder to come by.

Zahra Mackaoui reports.

Duration: 2'38''

 

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