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Refugee Mothers

  • By: Mirna E. Carranza
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

A refugee is a person who flees to a foreign country or other area to escape danger and persecution. There are more than 20 million refugees in the world, and half of these are women and children. Refugee mothers face many challenges, such as loss, rape, and overwork. The resulting physical and psychological symptoms may still affect the mothers when they settle in a new country with their families. However, many display great resilience and successfully rebuild their lives for the sake of their children.

Usually, mothers become refugees as a result of political turmoil or war. They have no choice but to give up life as they know it, including familiar surroundings and diet, as well as daily rituals such as going to the market, ...

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