The Women's Refugee Commission undertook a field mission to Jordan from October 25 to November 2, 2008 to follow up on a mission in 2007 to meet with Iraqi refugee women and youth and hear their stories firsthand.
From the Field: "Few options for rape survivors" (Nov 2, 2008) Sarah Chynoweth, reproductive health program manager, and Ada Williams Prince, senior advocacy officer, write from Jordan.
Media Coverage: "Iraqi women face trials, tribulations in Jordan" (PostGlobal, Nov 26, 2008)
The war in Iraq has created one of the fastest growing refugee crises in the world. Several million people have left their homes in search of safety. Many refugees have fled to Jordan, a country with already limited resources.
There are also an estimated 2.8 million internally displaced people in Iraq, according to the International Organization for Migration. Women and children are particularly vulnerable and have been left alone because the men in the family have often been killed.
Refugees have limited access to basic health services, including reproductive health care, and they have little or no source of sustainable income. Iraqis report that women and girls have resorted to selling their bodies to support themselves and their families, and that domestic violence is a growing problem as a result of the stressful and desperate situation families find themselves in.¬†Read our report.
One of our priorities is to advocate for the needs of Iraqi refugee women, children and youth. The U.S. government has a special responsibility to these refugees.
Help raise awareness and resources for Iraqi refugee women, children and youth.
The Women's Refugee Commission produced a video on gender violence against Iraqi refugee women and girls. 6 minutes.
View more short videos by the Women's Refugee Commission on this issue:
Browse our photo essay on Iraqi refugees in Jordan.
Read our diary entries to see how every day in Jordan is a fight for survival.