Mothers of Courage

08 March 2014

On International Women's Day, UNRWA celebrates the courageous women who have been crucial in helping their families survive the stormy journey of the Palestine refugees, from the Nakba in 1948 until today. Meet the midwife Umm-Ismail, who helped other women safely give birth during the flight across the River Jordan in 1967 despite having lost contact with her own children, and the legendary clothes trader Mother Aysha Hamid, who supports single-handed an extended family of 26 in Gaza. Meet a lady who is being rescued from the ruins of Yarmouk in Damascus. And listen to the great-grandmother Fouzeye Idrese, who fled Syria and, desperate, is seeking help from UNRWA in Lebanon. She says this is her third Nakba.