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Young Refugee at Kara Tepe on April 14, 2016.


Women and children now make up the majority of refugees

By WITW Staff on May 16, 2016

On the island of Lesbos, in a camp called Kara Tepe, which has been set aside for refugees, a 28-year-old doctor named Maha lives with eight other women and girls in a hut. Maha fled her hometown in Syria, ISIS’s self-declared capital, Raqqa, in an attempt to join her brothers and sisters who are already in Germany. “Death was my companion at every step,” said Maha of her journey. “They don’t want doctors to leave.” Maha, who hopes to one day resume her duties as a doctor, had to sew her qualifications into her clothes so they would not be found.

Since the beginning of this year, women and children have made up the majority of migrants and refugees. Living nearby Maha are two such women, and their children, who became friends while being held in a Turkish detention facility. Siham, whose husband and two sons have been missing for more than a year, fled Aleppo with her daughter after their home was destroyed by a rebel shell. Her friend Fathiye left the embattled city of Damascus with her three youngest children to try to join her husband and two older children in Germany. No one in the camp knows when or if they’ll be able to leave. But someday, Fathiye and Siham hope, they’ll live next door to each other in Germany.

Read the full story at BBC News.


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