UN: Lone woman heads 1-in-4 Syria refugee families

July 8, 2014 6:31 AM

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GENEVA -- The United Nations' refugee agency says more than 145,000 Syrian refugee families in Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan are headed by women who are the sole caregivers.

The agency's report says the women's struggles to maintain one of every four refugee family households in those nations often includes coping with the threat of violence or exploitation and grappling with their children's mounting trauma and distress.

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