DOHUK, Iraq – As violence consumed her home in Aleppo, Ghalia’s parents and brother were killed. Ghalia, now 33, fled to Al-Hasakeh, in north-eastern Syria, to live with her uncle’s family. Amid the chaos of war and displacement, she found an unexpected source of hope: She fell in love.
Months into her new life in Al-Hasakeh, she met an Iraqi man who swept her off her feet. They proceeded with a customary marriage, and she soon became pregnant.
This statement is attributable to Pramila Patten, United Nations Under-Secretary General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, and Natalia Kanem, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund New York, 18 June 2018
Based on observations from our recent visits to the refugee camps in the Cox’s Bazar District of Bangladesh, we call on the international community to urgently step up its efforts to help all Rohingya refugees in confronting their ordeal.
Monsoon Rains Bring New Challenges for Expectant Mothers
En 2016, le Groupe de travail du Comité permanent inter-organisations des Nations Unies a créé une équipe spéciale chargée d'élaborer les directives du CPI sur l'inclusion des personnes handicapées dans l'action humanitaire (ci-après dénommées directives du CPI pour les personnes handicapées).
GAMBELLA REGION, Ethiopia—Getting women to use family planning at Tierkidi refugee camp was something of a challenge because their husbands believed that it meant their wives would be seeing other men. “We teach women to use family planning and they accept [this], but not the husbands,” said Peter Lam Gony, a community mobilizer at Tierkidi.
Despite this obstacle, the health centre is serving women daily with family planning services. And more and more women are using the Health Centre to ensure safe delivery of their babies since the doors opened in May 2014.
DAR PAING, Myanmar – A deadly tropical storm, the first of the 2018 monsoon season, descended on Myanmar at the end of May, tearing apart hundreds of homes along the coast. As the storm pounded on her small shelter in Sittwe Township, 19-year-old Phu Tu Nee gave birth to her first baby.
Khin Phyo, 23, expected to give birth at home with help of a traditional birth assistant. That is how most women in Myanmar’s poor and crisis-ridden Rakhine State give birth. She had received a clean delivery kit from the UNFPA mobile clinic where she went for antenatal visits, and she was not too worried. But as the labour dragged on into a second day, Khin Phyo’s spirits sank.
“I was so scared. I was in so much pain. The traditional birth assistant tried everything, but she could not help me.”
4,255 patients received at the clinic in the month of May.
60 referrals to the hospitals in Jordan in the month of May.
63% of secondary and tertiary referrals were for obstetrics & gynaecology.
Period shame, misinformation linked to serious human rights concerns
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Shame, stigma and misinformation surrounding menstruation are contributing to serious human rights concerns for women and girls, emphasizes a new report commissioned by UNFPA.
DOHUK, Iraq – Aysheh was only 15 years old when she and her family fled Qamishli, northeastern Syria, to find refuge in Iraq in 2014. They ended up in Domiz 1 camp in Iraq’s Kurdistan region.
Built rapidly and with little planning to accommodate the large numbers of refugees fleeing northern Syria in 2012, Domiz 1 is now home to 5,608 Syrian refugee families. They contend with overcrowding and shelters in need of upgrading – and find few livelihood opportunities.
19-year-old Phu Tu Nee went into labour as the first tropical storm of the 2018 monsoon season descended on Myanmar. She gave birth while the rain and storm pounded on the small shelter. The day after, as the sun comes out, and with her newborn baby beside her, she feels like any first-time mother anywhere in the world: She is exhausted and happy.
ANKARA, Turkey – Tragedy had a way of finding Fatima*. She endured brutal domestic violence during two marriages in Syria. And when the war broke out, a bomb struck her home, injuring her and killing the eldest of her five children.
As the conflict intensified, she was trapped at home when she went into labour with her youngest child. Alone, she gave birth without any help, caring for the newborn by mimicking the care her midwives had provided after her previous deliveries.
The Regional Situation Report for the Syria Crisis offers a bird’s eye view of UNFPA’s operations within the context of the Syria Crisis.
The report is prepared by the UNFPA Regional Syria Response Hub in Amman, Jordan, and spans operations conducted by UNFPA offices in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt, in addition to operations conducted in Syria through crossborder modalities from Jordan and Turkey.
Les violences sexuelles et les agressions physiques restent élévées.
Comparativement aux données de l'année 2017 à la même période, les violences sexuelles enregistrées en 2018 sont élevées, cette situation serait en lien avec les interventions sur le terrain. Le sous cluster VBG lance un appel à tous les intervenants afin qu’ils contribuent à l’éradication de cette pratique dans les situations humanitaires. Le viol est conçu non seulement comme un acte de violence envers les femmes mais aussi comme un acte d'agression contre une nation ou une communauté.
Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, Regional Director, United Nations Population Fund, East and Southern Africa Regional Office On the occasion of the First Regional Menstrual Health Management Symposium on 28-29 May in Johannesburg, South Africa
The cycle of poverty is a complex phenomenon, yet an intervention that tackles just one of its elements can make a world of difference.
MULANJE DISTRICT, Malawi – Margret Rambiki was just a teenager, married at 14, when she nearly died in childbirth.
It was 2002 in the Mulanje District of southern Malawi. A child bride, Ms. Rambiki may have been physically unready for pregnancy.
Her labour was prolonged and obstructed, a potentially deadly complication. And her access to emergency care was dangerously delayed. She remembers her father arguing with the health care provider because of their long wait for assistance.
JIMMA, Ethiopia – After her wedding at age 20 in the Seka District of Ethiopia, Birkisa Aba Nega became pregnant. Then again, and again. Four of the five children she delivered died, and she was left with a debilitating childbirth injury – an obstetric fistula.
Pregnancy can be a dangerous time, and for women with ill health, malnutrition or underage pregnancy, the risks are even higher.
SANA’A, Yemen – Shaima, 20, has experienced more than her share of suffering. Displaced by conflict, she was married off at 14, then endured pregnancy after pregnancy before her body was ready. She developed devastating complications in childbirth, including an obstetric fistula – a traumatic injury that can have lifelong consequences.
On Wednesday, the world will observe the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, which calls for action to end the marginalization and inequality that perpetuate this preventable injury.