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Meet the women of Egypt’s all-female village

Egypt’s al-Samaha village is a remote, all-female village and a refuge to many divorced women, widows and survivors of domestic abuse who are provided with work opportunities to support their children and lead a peaceful life, at bay from the hardships in their communities.
women in al-samaha village, Aswan, Egypt

CAIRO — Only women are allowed to live in al-Samaha village, which is located in a remote area in Upper Egypt. It is a retreat and refuge for many of them to lead a calm and safe life away from the pressures of life or crimes of violence and discrimination against them.

Al-Samaha village stretches over an area of 1,818 acres, which is only approximately 8 square kilometers. Yet the village is still receiving more women and presenting them with economic activities.

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