Help Prevent Child Marriage of Syrian Refugee Girls

I met Mona, a Syrian refugee, when I was in Jordan. She had recently married off her 16-year-old daughter to a 50-year-old man. She told me that by far, it was the hardest thing she had ever done. She looked at me with tears in her eyes and vowed to do all she could to shield her 13-year-old, Yasmin, from the same fate.

I got news a couple of days ago that Yasmin is now married, too.

(c) Meena Lenn

Girls shouldn't have to marry to stay alive
(c) Meena Lenn

Refugee families like Mona’s arrive in Jordan with no more than the clothes on their backs. Struggling to survive, selling their daughters into marriage is seen for many as their only choice. And Syrian girls becoming brides are getting younger and younger, threatening their health and wellbeing.

Yasmin, like so many girls forced to marry, can become pregnant while she’s still too young to carry safely.  If that happens, she’ll be in danger of life-long injury, organ damage, and even death during childbirth. Coupled with the abuse that she may suffer at the hands of her much older husband, the life she’s bound to lead is not one that any young girl should have to endure.

The good news is that through MADRE, you can help girls like Yasmin today.

We’re working with the Arab Women’s Organization (AWO), a local Jordanian women’s group, to meet the urgent needs of Syrian refugees. AWO’s local roots mean that they know where the most vulnerable refugees are, particularly women and children, and how to reach them.

If we can help them get food, water and the basic services they need, we can relieve the terrible economic pressure that drives families to make marriages for their young daughters.

Donate.jpgYour help will be life-changing for refugee girls and their families. We can’t do it without you. Please let young Syrian women and girls know you’re with them with a tax-deductible gift today.

With gratitude,
Yifat Susskind
Executive Director

P.S. – When I close my eyes, I can see the young faces of the girls I met in Jordan. They deserve a chance for a safe, healthy future. Your support can help give them that. Syrian women and girls in Jordan need your help. Please be generous.