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The Women Who Guard Afghanistan & Tajikistan Borders

The border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan stretches for over 1,300 kilometers across harsh, mountainous terrain, cutting through some of the most inaccessible and remote places on earth. The geography alone makes this one of the world’s most difficult borders to manage. But the job facing the Tajik and Afghan border agencies has become even tougher with growing insecurity in northern Afghanistan since 2014.


Nigeria - Boko Haram Use of Child Suicide Bombers, Mostly Girls

August 22, 2017 - The number of children, mainly girls, used by the Nigerian armed group Boko Haram as "human bombs" has quadrupled this year, according to UNICEF. The UN's children agency said that since January 1, 2017, 83 children have been used by the group to carry out bomb attacks in north-eastern Nigeria - four times higher than it was for the entirety of 2016.

UNICEF said 55 of them were girls, most often under the age of 15. Twenty-seven were boys, and one was a baby strapped to a girl. 


The Infernal Circle of Syrian Refugee Women - The DVD of the film is released !

The DVD of the film is for sale at the price of CHF 28.- postage not included, for a private use (CHF 100.- for an institutionnal use).
You can order it by telephone (+41 21 311 27 31) or by email at : office(at)surgir.ch

They wear a veil but are not afraid to speak about their escape from Syria, the overfull refugee camps where anything may happen, haggling over human beings, especially women and girls, the permanent insecurity...


Emergency programme for syrian refugee women and their children in Jordan

During the summer of 2015, the SURGIR Foundation has seen a sharp increase of difficulties encountered by syrian refugee women in Jordan, especially as concerns access to health services and public services as well as lack of financila resources. Given this situation SURGIR has decided at the beginning of 2016 to provide practical and timely assistance to women living in the areas of Mafraq, Irbid and Al Dhleil.


« The downward circle of syrian women refugees » a 26 mn documentary film

Since summer 2015, the UNHCR encounters great difficulties in distributing food to Syrian refugees in Jordan, by lack of means. Syrian refugee women live in constant insecurity and are no longer able to feed their children. Many of them see no other solution than prostitution to meet their needs and those of their families.


Nouveau programme contre le mariage précoce en Jordanie

Le mariage précoce en Jordanie

En Jordanie, le mariage précoce est toléré dès l'âge de 15 ans si l'union est jugée "bénéfique pour les deux conjoints". Dans les familles nombreuses, où le salaire du père de famille peine à nourrir tous les enfants, le mariage précoce est un moyen de mettre les jeunes filles à l'abri du besoin. Outre le respect de la tradition, ces mariages procurent une certaine fierté aux parents.


Syrian girls tell their realities, challenges and dreams

Lebanon/Syria - IOM launched a video documenting the hopes and fears of a group of young Syrian women in Lebanon to mark International Youth Day, which this year focuses on mental health. 

“Letter from a Refugee” follows their emotional journey from fleeing the war in Syria, the stress of separation from family and friends, the difficulties of adapting to their new environment and, ultimately, the discovery of their own inner strengths.