Local people at first received the Syrian refugees in sympathy, but Turkey’s biggest city seems to be reaching the limits of its generous policy towards its “guests.” Recently Mutlu said that a new measure will send Syrians who are begging in Istanbul’s streets—a familiar sight—to refugee camps against their will.
"If people of this neighborhood welcomed us, we wouldn’t experience any of these troubles," said Muhammed, referring to numerous altercations with the police, some centered on Syrians illegally selling products, such as tissues, in the city.
"Turks do not help us because they do not understand the language we speak," agreed Muhammed, who has to support her family alone while facing a new life of a refugee. "They don’t understand the process we have been going through."
In Pakistan, a schoolgirl who advocates girls’ rights to education is shot in the head by the Taliban. In Nigeria, more than 200 female students are kidnapped from their school by armed extremists opposed to female education.
Global media coverage of these stories has left many U.S. female teens disturbingly aware—as they return to school after the summer break—that what is compulsory and often a killjoy for them in the way of reading, writing and arithmetic could be deadly dangerous if they were living in another part of the world.
Fatuma Fofana didn’t have Ebola, but that didn’t matter as one clinic after another turned the mother-to-be away. When the fourth clinic finally opened its doors to her, it was too late.
Fofana is one of many pregnant women to be lost to the Ebola panic that has gripped Liberia. Health workers and hospitals are turning away patients, leaving pregnant women at greater risk of miscarriages and death. Throughout the villages, families tell stories of loved ones who have died from malaria, diabetes and other treatable diseases.
“The epidemic is having a chilling effect on the overall health care delivery,” said Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. “Out of fear of being infected with the disease, health care practitioners are afraid to accept new patients, especially in community clinics all across the country.”
Critics raised free-speech concerns about a bill seeking to limit Photoshopping and other alterations in ads. Supporters argue that advertising is a special form of media since it exploits anxieties with harmful public health consequences for girls and women.
"We need to give young people the tools they need to distinguish fact from fiction," said U.S. Rep. Lois Capps of California, a Democrat, who is cosponsoring the bill with Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Democrat Rep. Ted Deutch, both of Florida. "This bill is a first step."
One of the few female reporters covering the war, Thea Rosenbaum fell into journalism after arriving in Saigon with her husband, she says in “No Place for a Lady." In this excerpt she recounts going into the field for the first time.
Thirty-two-year-old Cecelia Annan wouldn’t say she has an easy life; but she does have an easy pregnancy. ”In my previous two pregnancies, I felt sick and weak all the time,” she says, shaking her head at her family’s compound, with its wood-fired kitchen and mud-brick huts. “Before, I would drink alcohol and I took enemas.” Her visiting nurse shows me the herb used for traditional medicine enemas thought to relieve cramping. She explains that they actually cause internal bleeding and miscarriage.
Women are more likely to use smoking as a way to handle stress, says Sherry McKee, and quitting itself is stressful. While she researches gender differences in the physiology of quitting, she also urges women to just keep trying.