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STATISTICS:
The number of international crises, often harbingers of war, fell by more than 70% between 1981 and 2001.
About half of the world’s refugees are female (49%).
Pakistani earthquake refugees
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
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8:50 a.m. October 8th 2005, Northern Pakistan: The earth shook for a few seconds and afterwards there was panic. Entire cities leveled, houses destroyed, loved ones lost.

Death lingered in the air. As people ran for safety, first came the rain, then the tremors, more tremors, more lives lost, more loved ones to mourn.

The first thing that struck me as I walked through the refugee camps set up for the survivors of the earthquake was the look on the face of women. In this remote part of Pakistan, women rely heavily on their fathers, brothers and husbands for money, food, daily necessities. The earthquake shook their support system leaving thousands of them orphans or widowed. They seemed lost.

I wanted to capture their difficult life in the refugee camps. They coped with the situation as best as they could, but life was taking a toll on them and their will to live was slowly weakening.

A young mother, who lost her husband and two children, wished out aloud "Why did you spare me God? Take me away.... I don't want to live in this world" Her other two children, aged five and seven watched helplessly.

What will become of these women I wonder? Through this slide show I take you on a journey inside a refugee camp, where their grief comes alive.
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Bita Haidarian (United States)
Thank you for showing us the faces of the women who were affected by the earth quake. The picture with the Cuban female doctor really struck me. The fear to exhist still remains even in a tragedy.
 
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