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The tide of Syrians displaced to Turkey is rising and many women are living in deplorable conditions without money, jobs or, in most cases, places to stay. They are trapped in a legal limbo. As official “guests” in Turkey, many of them are not eligible for working permits. Women trained as pharmacists, lawyers, architectural engineers and office managers have no way of finding comparable employment.
"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.

The tide of Syrians displaced to Turkey is rising and many women are living in deplorable conditions without money, jobs or, in most cases, places to stay. They are trapped in a legal limbo. As official “guests” in Turkey, many of them are not eligible for working permits. Women trained as pharmacists, lawyers, architectural engineers and office managers have no way of finding comparable employment.

"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.

Women are often at the frontline of those camps because of their roles of caring for children and preparing food.

Jordanians, Syrians and men from the Gulf approach us," she said. "They tell me: ‘We want your daughters.’ I say, ‘no; they are only 17, 15 and 13. I want them to learn.’
Syrian Refugees Fuel Underage Marriage in Jordan (via wensyria)

Collateral Damage Syria: Female Refugees Returning Home From Jordan

Women and girls talk education for Syrian refugees in Jordan [video]

Four Syrian refugee girls in that category can be found here in Salahiyet al-Abedan 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 AmmanIrbidand 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.

But the girls are still finding ways to get to class

"I think for the first time policymakers are seeing immigrant rights as a women’s rights issue, and we are seeing that recognition reflected in the bill before the Senate," Emily Butera, senior program officer at the Migrant and Justice Program and the Women’s Refugee Commission

"I think for the first time policymakers are seeing immigrant rights as a women’s rights issue, and we are seeing that recognition reflected in the bill before the Senate," Emily Buterasenior program officer at the Migrant and Justice Program and the Women’s Refugee Commission

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