Syrian refugee women share personal stories of loss, hope

Women from Syria and Iraq attend a Christmas mass at Saint Georges church in an eastern suburb of the Lebanese capital Beirut, on December 25, 2015. (ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images)

Over 50 percent of Syrian refugees registered in neighboring countries are women and with the United Nations talks on Syria begun this week in Geneva, Al Jazeera shared the stories of three who have survived the conflict. For Jenan, Muntaha, and Sana — all mothers — the journeys made from their homeland have been wrought with struggle and pain.

Muntaha, who traveled from Deraa to Lebanon four years ago, still carries a broken piece of concrete from her old home. “I had only packed for 10 days when I came to Lebanon. I thought I would be here only for a few days because things would be back to normal. But I haven’t been back since,” she said.

The women’s stories also detail the heartbreaking strain that conflict and violence has had on their familial relationships. “Since the war began, my husband has always been anxious and nervous,” Muntaha said. “I worry a lot about him.”

Read the full accounts at Al Jazeera.


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