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Subject To Early Marriage, Rape, Sexual Violence, Girls, Women Bear Brunt Of Syrian War, U.N. Reports Show

Thomson Reuters Foundation: ‘I have nothing’ cries Syrian child bride as poverty drives more refugee girls to wed
“…A growing number of girls among the 1.5 million Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon since 2011 are becoming wives amid rising poverty, aid groups said on the eighth anniversary of the conflict. Around one in five Syrian girls aged between 15 and 19 in Lebanon is married, according to the United Nations children’s agency (UNICEF), which fears more young girls will be married off by families that cannot afford food, rent, and medicines…” (Kanso, 3/14).

Washington Post: ‘I screamed, but no one came’: The horrifying sexual violence facing Syria’s women and girls
“Women are pawns in the Syrian war. That’s the conclusion of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, which just released a new report on the horrific sexual violence facing the people of Syria. It documents an astounding array of atrocities. And it highlights the way Syrian government forces, under the control of Bashar al-Assad, have systematically used rape and sexual violence as a tool to victimize and humiliate its perceived enemies…” (Erickson, 3/16).

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