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05 Dec 2008 description

December 5, 2008 (New Delhi) - Every day, millions of refugee women and girls around the world risk rape, beatings-even death-as they search for the firewood they need to cook for their families. They are put squarely in harm's way as they leave the relative safety of their camps and encounter dangerous militias, corrupt soldiers and lawless rebels, and the animosity of villagers who fear their own resources being depleted.

05 Feb 2008 description

The Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children calls on the international community to protect women, children and young people as they flee the violence in N'Djamena, the capital of Chad. Almost half the population of the city (300,000 of 700,000 people) is reported to have fled the violence that erupted on February 1 when rebels attacked, in an attempt to oust President Idriss Déby.

31 Jul 2005 description


More than 220,000 Sudanese from Darfur have fled the ongoing violence in their region and crossed the border into the desert of eastern Chad. Most of the refugees are now in camps; however, at the time of the Women's Commission visit, several thousand remained on the border or on the periphery of some camps, waiting to be registered. The conditions are bleak: water is in very short supply and except for the southernmost camps, it is nearly impossible to farm or otherwise earn a living.

17 Feb 2005 description

"Someone who has studied compared to someone who has not studied is like darkness to light."

24 Aug 2004 description

Executive summary

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children (Women's Commission) conducted an assessment of the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) of reproductive health services among Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad from April 5-14, 2004. The MISP1 was first developed in 1995 as part of the Inter-agency Field Manual on Reproductive Health in Refugee Settings, and established as a guideline for priority reproductive health services required in the initial acute phase of an emergency.

02 Jun 2004 description

New York, NY, June 2, 2004 -- Many Sudanese refugees who have fled the violence in Darfur for Chad are not receiving basic care or security, according to new findings by the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children and the United Nations Population Fund. Reproductive health care for the Sudanese refugees in Chad is nearly non-existent despite the widespread and systematic rape of women in Darfur by the Arab militia Janjaweed.

15 Apr 2004 description

New York, NY, April 15, 2004 -- Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children staff on a mission in Chad say that the situation for Sudanese refugees in the country is worsening by the day, with many completely lacking food, water and shelter.

14 Apr 2004 description

The Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children visited Chad from April 4- 15, 2004, in a field mission to assess conditions for Sudanese refugees who fled into Chad to escape the ongoing violence. The below are cases studies collected by Women's Commission staff members Sandra Krause and Julia Matthews that highlight the situation for refugee women and children amid this brutal crisis.