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Too young to wed: the growing problem of child marriage among Syrian girls in Jordan

Organisation: Save the Children Year: 2014

Over the past three years, official statistics show that child marriage among Syrian refugee communities in Jordan has risen year-on-year and in some cases has doubled.

Lack of resources, poor economic opportunities and a desire to protect their daughters from sexual violence during conflict are some of the main drivers behind some families’ decision to marry their girls at a young age.

This report by Save the Children looks at the increasing number of child marriages among Syrian refugee communities in Jordan, examines why more girls are being forced to marry, the impact this is having on girls, and makes recommendations on effective strategies to prevent child marriage.

TAGS: Report Jordan Middle East and North Africa Violence against girls Conflict and humanitarian crises