The young refugee girls who are being pushed into marriage and violent relationships

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Young Syrian refugee girls are being married off by desperate parents – and finding themselves in abusive relationships or worse

Dalia was 16 and living in a refugee camp in Lebanon when she was married. She agreed to marry a man she had only met once before because she knew her family, who had fled their home in Homs, Syria, could not survive financially unless she did so.

Now 18 with a young daughter, she regrets the decision – although, as with many girls in the same position, it wasn’t really hers to make. “I am one of five sisters and my father is a labourer,” she says. “He couldn’t afford to provide for us all, so when my husband’s family came to propose, I had to accept because I felt it was better for my family.” Her husband is 27.

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During the four months that I was married he always hit me

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It is one of the most depressing situations I have ever seen

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