Nine million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes, and 75 percent of them are women and children. Many have crossed the border into Turkey, with some then crossing the Mediterranean Sea to Greece, and on to western and northern Europe. The numbers keep rising: The International Organization for Migration reports an estimated 181,476 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea since the start of 2016, which is more than twice the number of the first four months of 2015. The risks for women, especially, rise as they make this dangerous journey: they are exposed to increased
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