"Syrian women are facing the same difficulties in Turkey, including early marriages, abuse and even prostitution," said an Istanbul-based official of the International Organization for Migration’s Syria Emergency Response Team, in an e-mail. Sexual violence, trafficking as well as low school enrollment and forced child labor are all becoming a grim reality, said the same official, who requested anonymity for security reasons.
A bloody conflict has shaken the world’s youngest country, South Sudan, since Dec. 15 of last year, forcing some 1,216,000 people to flee their homes. About 923,000 of those are displaced within their own country. Some are with host families and others live in camps scattered around South Sudan.
Four Syrian refugee girls in that category can be found here in Salahiyet al-Abed, an area on the outskirts of Amman, playing in a shadeless street, chatting and singing songs in a breezy stairwell. They are among the three-quarters of the 150,000 Syrian school-aged children in Jordan who are unable to attend school.
This Arabic song, sung by a young Syrian refugee named Gufran, now living in in Jordan, was dedicated to people killed in the war in Syria. This is a translation of the lyrics.
Educating Syrian Refugee Girls in Jordan [photo set]
More than half a million Syrian refugees live in Jordan, concentrated in major cities such as Amman, Irbidand Mafraq.
In Jordan, the numbers of unschooled children have surpassed 100,000 and UNICEF estimates that more than 3,000 schools in Syria have been damaged or destroyed since the start of the Syrian conflict and another 900 have been turned into shelters. Almost 2 million Syrian children have dropped out of school since last fall.
Dominique Soguel, Arabic Women’s eNews editor Dominique Soguel is a news journalist focused on the Middle East. She has been working for more than five years for Women’s eNews, managing its Arabic site and filing stories from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia and Syria….