A new series of portraits by Muhammed Muheisen -- the Associated Press's chief photographer for the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan -- highlights the challenges faced by some those who are among the most vulnerable refugees: mothers. Muheisen, who has committed years to documenting the spiraling crisis, spoke with them during their pregnancies earlier this year and again when he returned in August. Both times, he took their portraits.
They told Muheisen of the hardships of childbirth in such a setting, of worries about what they'll feed their newborns, of feeling abandoned. One woman, a 20-year-old from Hama, said the birth of her first child, a son, made her feel "complete."