Displacement has had an impact on how early marriage is practiced by the Syrian community. Many aid workers and Syrian refugees report larger age gaps between the spouses than would have been considered acceptable back home.
In some places, the problem of early marriage is leading to the issue of early divorce, said Noor Al-Hussein, a Syrian working with women and girls in the refugee camp. “Marriage under 18 is a problem, especially here in Zaatari, because girls are getting married and divorced within two months.”

Displacement has had an impact on how early marriage is practiced by the Syrian community. Many aid workers and Syrian refugees report larger age gaps between the spouses than would have been considered acceptable back home.

In some places, the problem of early marriage is leading to the issue of early divorce, said Noor Al-Hussein, a Syrian working with women and girls in the refugee camp. “Marriage under 18 is a problem, especially here in Zaatari, because girls are getting married and divorced within two months.”

Jordanians, Syrians and men from the Gulf approach us," she said. "They tell me: ‘We want your daughters.’ I say, ‘no; they are only 17, 15 and 13. I want them to learn.’
Syrian Refugees Fuel Underage Marriage in Jordan
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The United Nations has predicted almost a quarter of all Syrians will be forced to flee their country by the end of 2014 as a result of the escalating civil war.
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UN: More than 5 million Syrian refugees by end of 2014

(Photo: Khalid Mohammed / AP)

The United Nations has predicted almost a quarter of all Syrians will be forced to flee their country by the end of 2014 as a result of the escalating civil war.

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Leaving Jordan. Post Production time.

We left Jordan today after a month reporting on the Syrian refugee crisis. All the stories will online after our return in New York. All the Syrian families I met have made my work so special and I truly hope we will convey their message in the most accurate way. 

For now we’re leaving behind our amazing Jordan based team and going to meet our editor Dominique in Cyprus where we’ll continue with post production working with hours of video, audio and pages of notes. We can’t wait to publish more important news on the site. 

Downtime: Being a Tourist in Petra, Jordan

After a month reporting from Jordan we have decided to take a short break in Petra to see the other side of the country - the tourist side. As you can see from above its so quiet compared to the noise of Amman. 

We took some time to have some fun - this is not as dangerous as it looks! 

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And we took some time to dance with a little help from some new friends

It won’t be long until it’s time to get back to work so we will enjoy this now. We have hours of footage to edit, lots of women’s stories to share. We can’t wait to get back to it!

First Article Published: Women, Girls and Education in Jordan

The first article to come from our reporting in Jordan has been published today! You can read it online here: http://womensenews.org/story/war/130928/refugee-school-girls-in-jordan-sing-lyrics-loss#.UkmfANJJMjQ

It will be published in Arabic in the coming week. 

Jordan / Syria Border - Refugees Going Home

We traveled to the Syrian border in Jordan this weekend.

About 350 of Syrian refugees left Jordan by bus Sunday night to return to Syria. And as they climbed onto the bus we all stood and listened to the shelling on the other side of the border.

Getting Busy, Moving on in Jordan

While Dominique and Mayss are visiting a family, the rest of the team is taking a bit of time off.

This is one of our last days all together. I’m gonna miss these guys so much. We have become a big family. The cohesion in our group is just beyond all my expectations. - Hajer

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Over a week of filming already under our belt and now we’re in post production before our first story is published next week. Another long, satisfying day ahead in Jordan. 

Over a week of filming already under our belt and now we’re in post production before our first story is published next week. Another long, satisfying day ahead in Jordan. 

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