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03/01/2017 09:11 am ET Updated Mar 13, 2018

100 Years Of Women Refugees In 63 Riveting Photos

When you ban refugees, this is who you're hurting.
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On Jan. 27 ― just seven days after taking office ― President Donald Trump signed an executive order that temporarily blocked refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries (including war-torn Syria) from entering the U.S. 

“I am establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America,” Trump said about the executive order during a swearing-in ceremony at the Pentagon. “We don’t want them here.”  

But who is “them”?

Throughout history people of different ethnicities and races from countries around the world have fled their homes because of war, famine, persecution and natural disaster. Germany, Vietnam, Russia, Darfur and Syria are just a few of the many countries people have had to flee from over the last 100 years. 

Refugees are people: teachers, store owners, truck drivers, mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, sons, daughters sisters and brothers ― and they help make the United States the diverse and beautiful country it is today. 

Although a federal appeals court temporarily halted Trump’s executive order, the ban has created much longer waiting periods for refugees who are in the process of emigrating, and sparked an uptick in anti-Muslim hate crimes across the country. 

To honor refugees this Women’s History Month, we’ve rounded up 63 photos of female refugees immigrating to new countries from the last 100 years. From Jewish refugees fleeing the persecution of the Nazi regime in World War II, to the families leaving the civil war in Georgia in the early ‘90s, these powerful photos honor the courageous women who were forced to leave their homes in search of new ones.

Scroll through the images below and remember: When you ban refugees, this is who you’re hurting. 

  • 2016, Turkey
    Syrians woman holds her children after 50 refugees captured by Turkish coast guard while they were illegally trying to reach
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    Syrians woman holds her children after 50 refugees captured by Turkish coast guard while they were illegally trying to reach Greece's Kastellorizo island, in shores of Kas District of Antalya, southern province of Turkey on February 24, 2016. 
  • 2016, Syria
    Syrian women sit next to the fence during a sandstorm at a temporary refugee camp in the village of Ain Issa, housing people
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    Syrian women sit next to the fence during a sandstorm at a temporary refugee camp in the village of Ain Issa, housing people who fled Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold Raqa, some 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the group's de facto capital on November 10, 2016.
  • 2016, France
    Kurdish Iraqi women leave aboard a bus the 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais, northern France, on October 12, 2016, for a recep
    PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images
    Kurdish Iraqi women leave aboard a bus the 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais, northern France, on October 12, 2016, for a reception and guidance centre (CAO - Centre d'accueil et d'orientation). 
  • 2016, Italy
    A woman looks through a window of rescue ship 'Aquarius' as more the 380 migrants arrive in the port of Cagliari, Sardinia, o
    GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images
    A woman looks through a window of rescue ship 'Aquarius' as more the 380 migrants arrive in the port of Cagliari, Sardinia, on May 26, 2016, two days after being rescued near the Libyan coasts. 
  • 2016, Serbia
    Migrants and refugees walk on January 8, 2016 after crossing the Macedonian border in the Serbian village of Miratovac. 
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    Migrants and refugees walk on January 8, 2016 after crossing the Macedonian border in the Serbian village of Miratovac. 
  • 2016, Iraq
    Iraqis women displaced from the city of Fallujah queue up to collect aid distributed by the Norwegian Refugee Council at a ne
    AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images
    Iraqis women displaced from the city of Fallujah queue up to collect aid distributed by the Norwegian Refugee Council at a newly opened camp where they are taking shelter in Amriyat al-Fallujah on June 27, 2016, south of Fallujah. 
  • 2015, Germany
    Houda, 48, hugs her son Ihab, 30, a Syrian migrant from Deir al-Zor, as he and his family arrive at the railway station in Lu
    Zohra Bensemra / Reuters
    Houda, 48, hugs her son Ihab, 30, a Syrian migrant from Deir al-Zor, as he and his family arrive at the railway station in Lubeck, Germany September 18, 2015. Picture taken September 18, 2015. 
  • 2015, Greece
    Syrian refugee mother carries her child off a dinghy after arriving at a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing a
    Yannis Behrakis / Reuters
    Syrian refugee mother carries her child off a dinghy after arriving at a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea from Turkey September 18, 2015. 
  • 2015, Greece
    A woman and a child peer from a bus, after migrants and refugees disembarked from a government chartered ferry, seen in refle
    LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images
    A woman and a child peer from a bus, after migrants and refugees disembarked from a government chartered ferry, seen in reflection, in the port of Piraeus in Athens on November 27, 2015. 
  • 2015, Aegean Sea
    Refugees and migrants arrive at Lesbos island after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 27, 2015. 
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    Refugees and migrants arrive at Lesbos island after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 27, 2015. 
  • 2015, Turkey
    Syrians fleeing the war rush through broken down border fences to enter Turkish territory illegally, near the Turkish border
    BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images
    Syrians fleeing the war rush through broken down border fences to enter Turkish territory illegally, near the Turkish border crossing at Akcakale in Sanliurfa province on June 14, 2015. 
  • 2015, Greece
    A woman hugs a baby wrapped in an emergency blanket as refugees and migrants arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos after cross
    ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
    A woman hugs a baby wrapped in an emergency blanket as refugees and migrants arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 1, 2015. 
  • 2015, Greece
    A woman reacts as she arrived with other refugees on the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea f
    Matej Divizna via Getty Images
    A woman reacts as she arrived with other refugees on the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on a inflatable boat on October 1, 2015 near village of Skala Sikaminias, Greece. 
  • 2015, Aegean Sea
    A woman falls into the water with her child as they disembark off a dinghi as refugees and migrants arrive at the Greek islan
    ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images
    A woman falls into the water with her child as they disembark off a dinghi as refugees and migrants arrive at the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey, on October 2, 2015.
  • 2015, Rwanda
    A Burundian woman carries laundry at the Gashora refugee camp in Gashora, Bugesera, Rwanda Wednesday April 29, 2015.
    J. Lawler Duggan/The Washington Post/Getty Images
    A Burundian woman carries laundry at the Gashora refugee camp in Gashora, Bugesera, Rwanda Wednesday April 29, 2015.
  • 2015, Croatia
    A stampede occurs as Middle Eastern refugees rush to find space on a train headed to Beli Manastir on September 18, 2015 in T
    Barcroft Media/Getty Images
    A stampede occurs as Middle Eastern refugees rush to find space on a train headed to Beli Manastir on September 18, 2015 in Tovarnik, Croatia. 
  • 2014, Uganda
    A South Sudanese woman sleeps on January 7, 2014 at the Ochaya Rhino refugee camp in the Arua District, about 495 kilometres
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    A South Sudanese woman sleeps on January 7, 2014 at the Ochaya Rhino refugee camp in the Arua District, about 495 kilometres north west of Uganda's capital Kampala. 
  • 2014, Turkey
    This old woman lost all her power after reaching Turkey coming from Syria, on September 30, 2014.
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    This old woman lost all her power after reaching Turkey coming from Syria, on September 30, 2014.
  • 2014, Syria
    Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk
    Rodi Said / Reuters
    Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain near the Syrian border town of Elierbeh of Al-Hasakah Governorate in this August 11, 2014. 
  • 2014, Iraq
    An 80 year old women becomes overwhelmed by the trauma of walking for 2 days from Qaraqosh is waiting to receive medical atte
    Gail Orenstein/NurPhoto/Getty Images
    An 80 year old women becomes overwhelmed by the trauma of walking for 2 days from Qaraqosh is waiting to receive medical attention, in Irbil, Iraq, on August 10, 2014.
  • 2014, Central African Republic
    A refugee pullo woman holds her child while he receives care at a centre for displaced muslims fleeing the anti-balaka militi
    ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images
    A refugee pullo woman holds her child while he receives care at a centre for displaced muslims fleeing the anti-balaka militia, in Yaloke, some 200 km east of Bangui, on May 4, 2014. 
  • 2013, France
    A Roma woman cries after the announcement of their eviction from an illegal camp on the bank of the Var river in Nice, southe
    Eric Gaillard / Reuters
    A Roma woman cries after the announcement of their eviction from an illegal camp on the bank of the Var river in Nice, southeastern France, November 21, 2013. 
  • 2013, Iraq
    Close-up of a young syrian refugee face with blue eyes in Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq on Sep. 21, 2013.
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    Close-up of a young syrian refugee face with blue eyes in Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq on Sep. 21, 2013.
  • 2012, Thailand
    A Burmese woman waits for food rations to be given out at the Thai Burmese Border Center inside the Mae La refugee camp June
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    A Burmese woman waits for food rations to be given out at the Thai Burmese Border Center inside the Mae La refugee camp June 7, 2012 in Tak province, Thailand. 
  • 2011, Kenya
    A newly registered Somali refugee supports herself on a chain-link perimeter fence outside a registration and medical aid fac
    TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images
    A newly registered Somali refugee supports herself on a chain-link perimeter fence outside a registration and medical aid facility at the Dadaab Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp in eastern Kenya on July 23, 2011 where the influx of Somali's displaced by a ravaging famine remains high. 
  • 2010, Darfur
    An internally displaced woman uses a pick-axe to chip off clay to make bricks at Abu Shouk IDP's camp in Al Fasher, northern
    Zohra Bensemra / Reuters
    An internally displaced woman uses a pick-axe to chip off clay to make bricks at Abu Shouk IDP's camp in Al Fasher, northern Darfur April 14, 2010.
  • 2009, Bosnia
    Milena Gavric, a 90-year-old Bosnian Serb refugee, holds her head as she waits for a U.N. delegation to visit her collective
    Damir Sagolj / Reuters
    Milena Gavric, a 90-year-old Bosnian Serb refugee, holds her head as she waits for a U.N. delegation to visit her collective center in Srebrenica August 26, 2009. 
  • 2009, Kenya
    Mako Bakar Bakaro, who lost a leg in fighting in Mogadishu, Somalia in 2008, stands against the wall of her hut August 21, 20
    Spencer Platt via Getty Images
    Mako Bakar Bakaro, who lost a leg in fighting in Mogadishu, Somalia in 2008, stands against the wall of her hut August 21, 2009 in a refugee complex in Dadaab, Kenya. 
  • 2008, Algeria
    A Sahrawi woman walks with a stick at Dakhla's refugee camp, near Tindouf in southwestern Algeria, April 16, 2008. 
    Dani Cardona / Reuters
    A Sahrawi woman walks with a stick at Dakhla's refugee camp, near Tindouf in southwestern Algeria, April 16, 2008. 
  • 2008, Afghanistan
    An Afghan refugee woman cries after troops arrest her relative during a search operation in the Afghan refugee camp in Karach
    ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images
    An Afghan refugee woman cries after troops arrest her relative during a search operation in the Afghan refugee camp in Karachi on December 2, 2008. 

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