Female refugees carry the additional load of responsibility for reproductive healthcare. Pregnant women and mothers feel responsible for their health and that of their fetus and children, and often feel helpless in the face of this double and triple burden.
Hamra Street, historically regarded as the heart of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, has been recently populated by Syrians, including large numbers of women and children, who have fled war in their country only to face the harsh realities of working or even living in the streets of Beirut.
Escaping war as a refugee is no one’s dream. Many teenage girls escaping Syria to neighbouring Lebanon must also specifically contend with child marriage, sexual violence and a host of new burdens and responsibilities.
I awoke with butterflies in my stomach on that early Friday morning in July. My mother, best friend Carlotta and I were to visit schools for Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.