Middle East / North Africa
Violence and instability in the region leaves women at great risk for abuse and exploitation. With conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Egypt widows have left their homes and fled to refugee camps. Every day more women and children are desperate to find a way to generate income and are extorted sex for food.
Over 1 million Syrians have fled the horrors of violence to neighboring Lebanon. Many of these refugees are living in makeshift settlements with only bare necessities for survival. Our Anti-trafficking – Syrian Refugee Girls equips these girls with vocational and leadership skills. Learn more.
Sanaa and her children fled the conflict in Iraq. She had already lost her husband and their home. She learned of a camp for refugee women and children in a “safe area” of Syria. When she arrived, she learned that there were very few services in the camp and that men were sexually exploiting women for food.
Sanaa learned that a Christian ministry was offering to help women gain skills, new vocations and opportunity for children to go to school. She was amazed that anyone cared that much. “No one cares for widows like us. I want to know more about this God.”