The wars in Iraq have resulted in many married men getting killed, leading to a surge in the number of Iraqi widows. The said Iraqi widows are facing many challenges. We venture to look at the three major ones.
The first major challenge currently facing Iraqi widows is that of coming up with means of livelihoods to support themselves and their kids. It is to be understood that the men whom most of these ladies lost where the main breadwinners in their families. These are the sorts of cultures were women tend to be housewives, and when the men exit prematurely, then things can indeed be very difficult.
The second major challenge currently facing Iraqi widows is that of bringing up children on their own, at a difficult time. Here, we have to appreciate that the main thing that women require from men is security (lots of expert articles on websites like PsycCentral and Psychology Today support this). Yet here we have women who have lost their men at a time when they have the greatest need for the security that the men could provide.
The third major challenge currently facing Iraqi widows is that of grieving their lost husbands. It is to be understood that some of these widows are women who were married for decades, to the men who are now dead. Losing a marriage partner you have lived with for so long can be indeed very difficult. Even in the best of circumstances, grieving a life partner can be hard. Yet here we have women who have to deal with that challenge, alongside the other challenges associated with living in a war zone or living in a refugee camp.