Maha was only 12 when she was forced to marry her 23-year-old husband due to financial difficulties and fear of sexual assault. At 13, she is now one month pregnant and hasn’t been in school since she was 10 years old.
"I didn’t want to get married. I am still young, and I wanted to finish my studies," she says.
Maha is one of thousands of girls forced into early marriage due to the extreme poverty and increasing fears of sexual violence among Syrian refugee communities. Data collected by UNICEF shows a quarter of all Syrian refugee marriages registered in Jordan now involve a girl under the age of 18.
"Since I got married I don’t feel anything," says Reem, 15. "I do feel sad when I see other girls from my neighbourhood going to school. Whenever I see a woman who has become a doctor or a lawyer or has finished her education I get upset."
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