A recent report on Syria’s growing refugee crisis showed the extent to which fears of sexual violence are driving women out of the warn-torn country.

But the trail of gender-based violence and abuse also follows women out of Syria to camps, where they are also vulnerable, even under the watch of aid organizations.

As the crisis continues, more women are taking refuge in towns and villages, where they are difficult to account for, aid workers say, making it particularly challenging to provide care and protection. Syrian refugee woman

A Syrian refugee woman holds her son as she stands at the window of their friend’s house at the Syrian-Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar, Sanliurfa province, December 6, 2012. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

“Not only can women be targeted because they may be more vulnerable to certain types of violence but they also are in many ways the face of this crisis,” said Alina Potts, an emergency coordinator with the International Rescue Committee.