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.”
Four Syrian refugee girls in that category can be found here in Salahiyet al-Abed, an area on the outskirts of Amman, playing in a shadeless street, chatting and singing songs in a breezy stairwell. They are among the three-quarters of the 150,000 Syrian school-aged children in Jordan who are unable to attend school.
This Arabic song, sung by a young Syrian refugee named Gufran, now living in in Jordan, was dedicated to people killed in the war in Syria. This is a translation of the lyrics.
Educating Syrian Refugee Girls in Jordan [photo set]
More than half a million Syrian refugees live in Jordan, concentrated in major cities such as Amman, Irbidand Mafraq.
In Jordan, the numbers of unschooled children have surpassed 100,000 and UNICEF estimates that more than 3,000 schools in Syria have been damaged or destroyed since the start of the Syrian conflict and another 900 have been turned into shelters. Almost 2 million Syrian children have dropped out of school since last fall.
Dominique Soguel, Arabic Women’s eNews editor Dominique Soguel is a news journalist focused on the Middle East. She has been working for more than five years for Women’s eNews, managing its Arabic site and filing stories from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia and Syria….