As her family was fleeing Syria, one mother thought an arranged marriage for her 11-year-old daughter was a chance at safety. Instead, it opened the door to devastation, according to a doctor who met them at her clinic and tells what she observed.
Recently, in northern Lebanon, our organization, Concern Worldwide, took in the stories of Syrian women living as war refugees. “For so long I’ve wanted someone to come,” said one. “I’ve been waiting to tell my story.”
Federal judges in Louisiana and Texas have blocked abortion restrictions from going forward. Also this week, a UNICEF report reveals that 1 in every 10 girls around the world is forced into intercourse or other sexual acts before the age of 20.
Religious court data show a growing share of Jordanian marriage licenses going to Syrian female minors in the past three years. But the debate in the international aid community is whether early marriage is worsening for Syrian refugee girls or just being exposed by the crisis.
Every day dozens of Syrian female refugees living in Jordan sign up to return home. Some say they can’t make ends meet living abroad. Others want to find male relatives who didn’t make it through the border or were left behind.
Members of an Islamic movement for women are said to be embarrassed by their leader’s allegiance to the embattled Assad regime. The movement is credited with advancing the cause of Islamist female education in the region.