After fleeing violence in Syria, refugees struggle with trauma and lack of security and aid. In the refugee camps, women and girls contend with: trauma from rape, widely used as a weapon of war in Syria; increased domestic violence; lack of family planning and reproductive health care; the forced early marriage of young girls as a means of survival. What's more, at night women and girls are afraid to leave their tents in fear of the insecurity and violence that surrounds them in the camps.
MADRE and our local partners are providing life-sustaining humanitarian aid and psychosocial support to Syrian women war refugees and their families. Together, we are: delivering emergency humanitarian aid; providing reproductive health and family planning services; combating the impacts of the sexual violence they fled in Syria, through counseling, prevention strategies and awareness-raising; launching an income-generating project, with a fund to create alternatives to early marriage of girls.
Our humanitarian aid and emergency assistance for Syrian war refugees in Jordan is just a first step to helping women cope with their traumas. MADRE will do more than feed and clothe-with your help, we will give these women strength for the long haul. Our activities uphold and advance women's human rights, which can be a powerful tool in long-term recovery and resilience and helps rebuild communities on a stronger foundation.