Lebanon: 'I want a safe place' refugee women from Syria uprooted and unprotected in Lebanon

2 February 2016, 13:04 UTC | Lebanon, Syria

Syrian refugee women and Palestinian refugee women from Syria face risks of serious human rights violations and abuses in Lebanon, including gender-based violence and exploitation. Those who are heads of their households are at particular risk.

Over four million people have fled Syria since the start of the crisis in 2011 with more than 1 million fleeing to Lebanon. This means that about 25% of the country’s population are refugees from Syria and Lebanon has more refugees per capita than any other country in the world. Of the 1.06 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon at the end of 2015, 53% are children. Women over 18 years of age make up almost 26% of the refugee population and 21% are men over 18. Lebanon also hosts over 44,000 Palestinian refugees from Syria. 

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