Many Syrian women previously depended on financial support or protection from men who stayed behind to fight.
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A quarter of all Syrian refugee households in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt are now run solely by a woman, leaving mothers struggling to make ends meet and even forcing children into work, a report by the United Nations released Tuesday says.Some 2.8 million people have fled Syria's civil war, the vast majority women and children. The report, "Woman Alone: The Fight for Survival by Syria's Refugee Women," is based on the testimony of 135 women who are all singularly responsible for managing their homes in the absence of their husbands, many of whom had been killed or jailed.The report found that in 13 percent of the female-headed households at least one child was working.However, Kelley warned that as the U.N.'s regional response plan for Syria is less than 30 percent funded in 2014, it was impossible to cover all the needs of vulnerable women.
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