20 June 2009
|The safe haven protects women who have been victims of SGBV and their children. (Angelika Mendes/JRS)|
|The occasion presented opportunity for exchange of ideas and fellowship among the women and the JRS team.|
In collaboration with the Safe Haven residents and incentive
staff members, the JRS counselling coordinator and the
The Safe Haven serves up to 40 women and children in danger of SGBV within the camp community by providing security, basic material needs and psychosocial support. Clients find refuge in the facility after facing physical and sexual violence, experiencing rejection, receiving threats of forced marriage, or as prevention of attempts to abduct their children. These dangers often come from those who should be protecting and supporting these women and children – their families, their husbands, their fathers.
As every year, the JRS
As the facility continues to be stretched on the top of its capacity and families are often staying beyond the recommended period of three to six months since equally safe alternatives are very difficult to secure, World Refugee Day celebration was an important reminder that the mission of JRS to accompany, serve and advocate applies with double urgency to those who during their flight for safety as refugees found that danger can be found also within the camp and within their immediate families and communities.