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Too Young to Wed; The Growing Problem of Child Marriage amoung syrian Girls in Jordan

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Resource type:Research, reports and studies
Language:English
Keywords:Children & young people, Conflict, violence & peace, Gender, Host Communities, Refugees/IDPs
Countries:Jordan, Syria
Agency:Save the Children
Date published:1 January 2014
Pages:16pp

War in Syria has killed more than 10,000 children. More than 1 million more have fled the country in fear, while millions more remain displaced inside the country. This briefing looks at another disturbing but less publicised impact of the crisis: the increase in the numbers of girls who have been forced to marry.
Child marriage existed in Syria before the crisis – 13% of girls under 18 in Syria were married in 2011.5 But now, three years into the conflict, official statistics show that among Syrian refugee communities in Jordan – who we focus on in this briefing given the lack of statistics inside Syria itself – child marriage has increased alarmingly, and in some cases has doubled.

 

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