The Wednesday Five

In this week’s Wednesday Five, the perilous journey for women on the migrant trail, how we can help refugees rebuild their world, how women can help the Syrian peace talks succeed, the importance of Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and Sunitha Krishnan’s fight against sex slavery.



On Perilous Migrant Trail, Women Often Become Prey to Sexual Abuse


From offering sex to pay off debts, to dressing as boys to ward off male advances, to being the victims of sexual violence and robberies, women have a perilous journey on the migrant trail where they are outnumbered by men three to one. Reporting from Berlin, Katrin Bennhold writes in The New York Times:

War and violence at home, exploitative smugglers and perilous seas along the way, an uncertain welcome and future on a foreign continent — these are some of the risks faced by tens of thousands of migrants who continue to make their way to Europe from the Middle East and beyond. But at each step of the way, the dangers are amplified for women.

But the story of the experiences of these women become even more complicated as we learn that violence begets violence. Bennhold’s report reveals that the men involved in these journeys to Europe are themselves traumatized too.

Read more at The New York Times.



Melissa Fleming: How to Help Refugees Rebuild Their World

Today’s refugee crisis is the biggest since World War II, and it’s growing. When this talk was given, 50 million people had been forcefully displaced from their homes by conflict and war; now, a year later, the number is 60 million. There were 3 million Syrian refugees in 2014; now there are 4 million. Inside this overwhelming crisis are the individual human stories — of care, growth and family, in the face of lost education, lost home, lost future. Melissa Fleming of the UN’s refugee agency tells the refugees’ stories — and asks us to help them rebuild their world.

Read more at TED.

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