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A teacher at a UNICEF-run school for Syrian refugees rings the bell on October 4, 2012 in the al-Zaatari refugee camp in Mafraq near the border with Syria. (KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images)

Long War

The Plight of the Female Refugee

Their troubles don’t end once they’ve escaped Syria.

Women and children reportedly make up three quarters of Syrian refugees, and they face unique challenges in the camps. RH Reality Check reports from Al Zaatari, one of the largest camps in Jordan, where many women struggle with post-traumatic stress after having been raped in their war-torn home country. Others must deliver babies in the underserved camp, where it is difficult even to obtain sanitary pads. What’s more, “Al Zaatari’s toilets are unlit so many woman are terrified to use them at night.” Humanitarian groups hope to improve conditions with more lanterns and better-trained midwives.

Read it at RH Reality Check

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