Violence Against Women
ATLANTA (Nov. 21, 2013) — CARE USA hailed the introduction today of H.R. 3571, the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA), by Reps.
She was a top student. Now, violence and bullying keep her from school.
Raghad, age 11, should be in 5th grade, but hasn’t been to school in two-and-a-half years because she and her family have had to move so many times during the Syrian conflict.
Experiencing, witnessing and perpetrating violence is an all too common reality for boys growing up in this post-conflict environment, which is still marred by the violent breakup of the former Yugoslavia in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Hawo has refused to have her daughters circumcised in line with Somali tradition. The marriage between Hawo's grandfather, an Eritrean, and her grandmother, a Somali, rendered the family "tribeless," causing much suffering, especially during times of war.
Night falls, and one by one, the candles flicker on in the camps – tiny pinpricks of light in a city clad in darkness. As the sun retreats, the muffled cries begin. The women creep deeper into their flimsy shelters of bed sheets and plastic tarps, praying for the morning to come.