Child marriage for Syria refugees on the rise

BBC speaks to child brides who say their wedding day “was a sad day”

Child marriage is on the rise in refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon housing the growing stream of refugees from Syria, recent UN reports revealed.

A report from last year by the UN Children’s Rights and Emergency Relief Organization showed that a quarter of marriages that take place in the refugee camps involve girls under the age of 18.

The BBC recently spoke to some of these young brides in the Zaatari Camp, many of which are already mothers.

One young girl who was carrying an infant called her wedding day “a sad day”. “I did not want to get married at this age,” she said.

Another girl, donning a black hijab, told the BBC that she was 14 when she had to marry a 50-year-old man from Kuwait.

She says that “Everyone was telling me to smile or laugh but my feeling was fear, from the moment we got engaged.”


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