Confronting Life's Challenges

Confronting Life's Challenges


Violence in Syria forced 17-year-old Yamaha (pictured, left) and her family to leave. Here she discusses her experience fleeing and resettling in Jordan and the impact of CARE's peer-to-peer support groups throughout that process.

“We have many challenges, but we can’t accept or ignore these. We must be strong and confront them. Early marriage for instance – families don’t understand the disadvantages of early marriage. They want their daughter to be safe, or they think they will solve economic problems, but they don’t realize it will create more troubles for the girl.

“Or in some families, parents don’t want their daughter to go to school, because they believe there are dangers. Maybe boys or strange men will harass her in the street. These concerns are real.

“I want all girls everywhere to try and be strong, face your issues, and work with your friends, family and community to change them. Yes, Syrian girls have come out of a war. Many of us are poor, we have lost so much…. But we must not accept that we are only this image. We are much more. We are strong Syrian girls.”

Intense fighting in Syria has forcibly displaced more people today than any other country. Every day, thousands of Syrians flee violence to seek out food, protection, medical care and other urgently needed aid. There are 13.5 million people inside Syria displaced or in desperate need of humanitarian aid. At least half of the displaced are children. The majority of the nearly 5 million refugees are struggling to meet the most basic needs, having left everything behind. Additionally, the executive order banning Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. puts the lives of those fleeing conflict and persecution at immediate risk. 

CARE is reaching people impacted by the conflict with humanitarian assistance in Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen and inside Syria, providing life-saving emergency assistance as well as solutions to help people cope with the longer term crisis.

Photo credit: Mary Kate MacIsaac/CARE

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