Eman Al-Sheikh’s story highlights the ongoing struggles faced by Syrians, particularly women, and children, in the wake of the devastating earthquake. As a volunteer who has witnessed the aftermath firsthand, she can attest to the challenges that survivors continue to face on a daily basis.
One of the major challenges for survivors is access to basic necessities such as food, clean water, and shelter. Many families have lost their homes and are now living in temporary shelters or on the streets. Women and children are particularly vulnerable in these situations, as they may not have access to adequate healthcare
Another challenge is the emotional trauma that survivors are experiencing. Many have lost loved ones and are struggling to come to terms with the scale of the disaster. Women and children are again particularly vulnerable, as they may be dealing with additional stressors such as separation from family members
In light of these challenges, it is clear that sustained efforts are needed to support Syrians, particularly women and children, in the aftermath of the earthquake. This requires not only immediate relief efforts such as the provision of food, water, and shelter, but also longer-term support such as mental health services and access to education and job opportunities.
On this International Women’s Day, it is important to remember the unique challenges faced by women and girls in crisis situations such as this. Ensuring that their voices are heard and that they are included in relief efforts is crucial to building a more just and equitable future for all Syrians.