This month's Bloggers Unite topic is the atrocities done world-wide and the resulting refugees. Politics aside, the Iraq war has generated thousands of displaced people looking to escape the war zone. Particularly hit hard are women and children that have little means of making income or any wealth of their own to fall back on. Many of them flee to neighboring Jordan.
The Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children is spearheading the effort to gain government and world-wide charity support to help. From their site:
"The war in Iraq has created one of the fastest growing refugee crises in the world. Several million people have left their homes in search of safety. Many refugees have fled to Jordan, a country with already limited resources.
There are also an estimated 2.8 million internally displaced people in Iraq, according to the International Organization for Migration. Women and children are particularly vulnerable and have been left alone because the men in the family have often been killed.
Refugees have limited access to basic health services, including reproductive health care, and they have little or no source of sustainable income. Iraqis report that women and girls have resorted to selling their bodies to support themselves and their families, and that domestic violence is a growing problem as a result of the stressful and desperate situation families find themselves in. "
Since next month I think I'll continue my charity of the month to be the North Texas Food Bank, 10% of all the sales I generate in January and Feburary will be donated to the Women's Commission.
If you'd like to help, you can see the donatation options here.
Please get the message to our elected officials that the US is a country of people that do not tolerate violence against women and children. Please support the International Violence Against Women Act You by submitting an email already filled out for you here to show them that you care about these issues.