Jeanna Deswert, Caring For Women In Refugee Camps


No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark. In this one sentence Somali-British poet Warsan Shire encapsulates all the atrocities that force people from their homes: natural disasters, persecution, unrest, torture, massacre, war.

There are 65.6 million forcibly displaced people around the world right now. That’s roughly the equivalent of the entire French population running homeless and in fear for their lives.

Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees. Half of them are women and girls.

Although these figures show the magnitude and complexity of geopolitical, legal and human rights issues governments must deal with, they do not convey the sheer suffering refugees endure. With each humanitarian crisis emerge thousands of horrific stories.

And among all this chaos and brutality women who lost their families and homes when they needed them most, must face alone or share with strangers and foreigners the most intimate…

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