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Assisting refugee women of no status in the city of Eilat in Israel
There is a unique group of women in EILAT composed of refugees from DARFUR seeking asylum and emigrants seeking work.
In general, these groups of women are under great stress. Their status in the country is unclear and their social, emotional and physical condition seems to be crying out for assistance. They suffer from abuse and violence with the "families" and within the groups in which they find themselves.
These women, lacing any nationality or legal status upon arrival in Israel, face great barriers to adjustment, and feel deep loneliness and alienation. They are cut off from the normal family and social support characterizing the countries from which they came. They suffer from cultural gaps and a lack of understanding of the local language.
Many of these women suffered abuse and rape before their arrival in Israel, and in addition to all the above stresses they must also deal with pregnancy and the birth and rising of an unwanted child.
I am not dealing with the question of whether Israel is the right place for them, or to find a way to legalize their status to a permanent one here. In my view of the world, as long as they are here, it is our obligation to provide them with more humane and just surroundings and support.
The purpose of our group is to provide assistance and accompaniment to pregnant women up to the time of birth of the infant, and in the early period after the child's birth. The goal is to provide strengthening and assimilation of "life skills" that are needed in the society in Israel, which is new to them.
Most of the refugees who work in EILAT have some type or other of health insurance, but that is not sufficient to care for their special needs.
The plan: to create a women's health clinic that will be operated by Arabic-speaking nurses, midwives and gynecologists (preferably female). In this clinic the women can obtain help and acquire the tools needed for the continuation of their stay here.
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