In South Sudan, prostituted women fight for survival

In South Sudan, prostituted women fight for survival

The ongoing war in South Sudan has caused the breakdown of traditional family structures, with neglect and abuse putting many of its citizens in desperate conditions. Bruno Bierrenbach Feder conducted a few visits to a brothel in the slums of the Gumbo area of Juba. His photos, shown here, illustrate the desperation in which some of the women live. Many of them, he says, hold on to the hope of a better life. Photo at left by Bruno Bierrenbach Feder. Read More »

According to Syrian girls, building minds will help build futures

According to Syrian girls, building minds will help build futures

During war and other crises, girls and women are especially vulnerable. The Syrian refugee crisis is no different. Fiona Duggan of the UK-based children’s charity Theirworld speaks to Syrian girls who now live in the Turkish city of Gaziantep. The girls say that education is critical to them. Without it, “girls will not reach their potential,” one says. Photo at left by Freedom House. Read More »

She survived ISIS, smugglers, and dolphins, but now faces her biggest challenge

She survived ISIS, smugglers, and dolphins, but now faces her biggest challenge

During her seven-hour crossing from Turkey in a dinghy (as she called it—not a “boat”), fuel ran out and the dinghy was followed so closely by dolphins the tightly packed passengers thought the dolphins would puncture it. “This is death,” Iman al-Jabouri remembers thinking. She and her family recited the Shahada, the Muslim profession of faith. Al-Jabouri says it was God who saved her and her family. Photo at left by Lauren Wolfe. Read More »

Yazidi women and girls resist ISIS in creative ways

Yazidi women and girls resist ISIS in creative ways

When ISIS began kidnapping Yazidi women in 2014, the women creatively took steps to avoid being separated and trafficked. Some rubbed mud on their faces; ISIS selected those with lighter skin. Others tried to make themselves ugly with self-inflicted pinpricks on their skin. Women fiercely tried to protect their children and, sometimes, even when faced with brutal armed militants, they’ve succeeded. At left: UN Photo/Amanda Voisard Read More »

The incredible challenge of convicting the first man for rape as a weapon of war

The incredible challenge of convicting the first man for rape as a weapon of war

By — November 30, 2016
Godeliève Mukasarasi promised God that if her children survived the Rwandan genocide of 1994, she would perform charitable acts. They lived. Soon after, the then 35-year-old social worker and mother founded SEVOTA, or Solidarity for the Development of Widows and Orphans to Promote Self-sufficiency and Livelihoods, a support group for women in the small Rwandan village of Taba. more »
Councilwoman urges ‘no fear’ for girls in post-IS Fallujah

Councilwoman urges ‘no fear’ for girls in post-IS Fallujah

By — November 22, 2016
Little girls returning to school in Fallujah “have nothing to fear,” said Nahla al-Rawi as a few security officers dusted off a chair for her in the partially rehabilitated main hospital. Al-Rawi, 48, is a member of the Anbar provincial council, which is tasked with inspecting and overseeing public facilities such as schools and hospitals. more »
Single mothers in Malawi struggle to feed families as famine spreads

Single mothers in Malawi struggle to feed families as famine spreads

By — November 17, 2016
Mary Elias, of Laje village in Malawi’s southern Zomba district, speaks in metaphors. “We are carrying both water cans,” she says of the situation for single mothers in drought-ridden Malawi—meaning that women with children but without partners are solely responsible for feeding, clothing, and educating their progeny. Already a Sisyphean task in a country the United Nations Development Program regularly ranks in the top 20 poorest on earth, this has become nearly impossible in the past few years. more »
Photos: Prostituted women fight for survival in war-torn South Sudan

Photos: Prostituted women fight for survival in war-torn South Sudan

By — November 10, 2016
Juba, South Sudan—In the Gumbo area of Juba, the capital of South Sudan, prostituted women are struggling to survive. Dozens of women who used to wait for clients are now going after them in markets and other busy areas of the city. more »
Syrian girls say building minds will help build futures

Syrian girls say building minds will help build futures

By — November 2, 2016
“Education is important because it builds a person’s mind, and the mind will build the future,” says Ethar, a 15-year-old Syrian girl with a winning smile. Explaining why going to school is important to her, the teenager, who fled Aleppo with her family four years ago, is unwavering in her conviction. Now living in Gaziantep, Turkey, she attends a school for Syrian refugee children. more »

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