War and Revolution in the Middle East: Syrian Refugees' Young Brides: webbrides005

Bara'ah, 17, a Syrian refugee from Ghouta, in the Damascus suburbs, poses for a portrait six months pregnant in the room where she and her husband live in Zarqa, Jordan, August 23, 2014.  Bara'ah was married when she was fifteen, and is due to have her first child in November. While marriage under the age of eighteen was a common Syrian tradition before the start of the civil war, more and more Syrian girls are marrying at a younger age because of the insecurity of the war,  because many families feel the girls in their family may be sexually harassed if they are not under the care of a husband, and because of prospect of alleviating the financial burden of one more mouth to feed.

Bara'ah, 17, a Syrian refugee from Ghouta, in the Damascus suburbs, poses for a portrait six months pregnant in the room where she and her husband live in Zarqa, Jordan, August 23, 2014. Bara'ah was married when she was fifteen, and is due to have her first child in November. While marriage under the age of eighteen was a common Syrian tradition before the start of the civil war, more and more Syrian girls are marrying at a younger age because of the insecurity of the war, because many families feel the girls in their family may be sexually harassed if they are not under the care of a husband, and because of prospect of alleviating the financial burden of one more mouth to feed.