Syrian refugee women face harassment from Muslim men

The Muslim Issue

Syrian refugee women face harassment, poverty

HALBA, Lebanon (AP) — Before she began working as a hairdresser, poverty forced Syrian Umm Mahmoud to seek donations for food and rent money to survive as a refugee in Lebanon.

Often men suggested she have sex with them to show her gratitude, the 32-year-old said.

Her experiences echo among Syrian refugee women. Across the region, they lead about a quarter of all Syrian refugee families, which number some 145,000, the United Nations estimated in a report issued Tuesday.

In this photo taken on May 29, 2014, Syrian refugee women attend a hair dressing class where they obtain crucial training to find jobs in a community center ...

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