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Every year on March 8th, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) honors and acknowledges the strength and resilience of refugee women.

Refugee Women - Somalia

In this photo, newly-arrived Somali refugees wait in line at the reception center in Ifo camp, part of the Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya.

Beginning in July 2011, hundreds of thousands of Somalis fled their homes due to drought, famine and conflict. The majority were women and children, arriving in Kenya and Ethiopia in poor health: some were ill, others severely malnourished.

Now, after 7 months, some families are feeling safe enough to return home. Others are not so fortunate — ongoing clashes and insecurity continue to make Somalia one of the most difficult humanitarian situations in the world.

View more photos in our Facebook album: Honoring Refugee Women for International Women’s Day 2012

Order a Blue Key for the women who makes a difference in your life.

Get a Blue Key for refugee awarenessAll in all, 43.7 million people around the world—nearly the combined populations of Colombia or South Korea—have been forcibly displaced from their homes. Women and girls represent 49% of all refugees and asylum-seekers. These resilient women have not chosen to be refugees, forced from home, family and everything they have ever known.  But still, everyday doors have been closed to them.

Will you help open the door to the better future for refugee women by getting your Blue Key today?

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