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Syrian refugee women suffer from domestic and physical violence

04-06-2013

The Danish Refugee Council indicated during the weekly briefing to the UNHCR that there was an increase in the reported cases of the number of Syrian women refugees who have suffered from gender based violence.  According to the DRC, the contributing factor include psychological trauma and difficult living conditions.  The report adds that women who come to Lebanon without their husbands feel more vulnerable.  Humanitarian agencies have started to distribute hygiene kits for women, scarves, torch lights and personal hygiene items so as to help women feel more secure and to strengthen their sense of dignity.  During the month of May, organisations have reportedly stepped up their action to encourage women victims of violence to speak out and seek help.
The UNHCR noted in the same report that the number of Syrian displaced in Lebanon has now reached around half a million people of whom 418,000 people have been registered and are receiving support from UNHCR and its partners.  The registered displaced population is distributed as follows: 159000 refugees in North Lebanon, 144000 refugees in Bekaa, 68000 refugees in Beirut and Mount Lebanon, and 47000 refugees in South Lebanon.
Source: Al-Nahar, Al-Mustaqbal 4 June 2013

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