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Number Of Child Marriages Increase In Jordan Refugee Camps

New York Times: In Jordan, Ever Younger Syrian Brides
“…For many Syrians stuck in Jordan’s squalid and sometimes dangerous refugee camps, marrying girls off at younger and younger ages is increasingly being seen as a necessity — a way of easing the financial burden on families with little or no income and allaying fears of rape and sexual harassment in makeshift living spaces where it is harder to enforce the rule of law. As a result, UNICEF says, the number of marriages involving girls younger than 18 has ballooned since the war in Syria started…” (Sweis, 9/13).

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