Mathias Løvgreen

A growing tendency is taking place in Lebanon: Every fourth Syrian refugee girl in the country get married before she turns 18 - of which the term child bride.

The marriages are mainly happening internally amongst the 1,5 million refugees who are assumed to live in Lebanon. Many of the girls marry out of necessity and with the hopes of getting a better life with a caring husband.

But reports by, amongst others, the UN Children’s Organisation, UNICEF, point out that early marriage is likely to keep the girls in poverty, physical and mental violence and that they will not get either education or a job for the rest of their lives.

Huda, Reem, Mayar and Nada tell their stories.

Published in the Danish newspaper Information