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.”
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!
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!
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
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.