She is a teenager. She is a widow. She is surviving.

She is remarkable.

Yazida is from a village in Myanmar but is now living in a makeshift shelter in Kutupalong Settlement near Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh after fleeing from conflict. 

“The military came in and started firing at us. They killed the men and raped many women, so we fled from our country. They stole all of our possessions.”

At just 18-years old, Yazida is now a widow.

Being a single mother is difficult in crisis situations and leaves women like Yazida very vulnerable.

“It was really difficult as no one would help me.”

Yazida walked for two days while carrying her young daughter. The journey to the refugee camp was challenging and long. Living in the camp, she is only doors away from her father but said she now feels she is a burden on them as she is unable to make any money.

“There is nowhere for any woman to work and earn money in this camp.”

Yazida is happy to be alive, but feels very helpless. Women like Yazida are left vulnerable by conflict and disaster and are why the SHE campaign exists.



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