War and Revolution in the Middle East: Syrian Refugees' Young Brides: webbrides006

Hana Mufleh Mohammed, 16, a Syrian refugee from Daraa, prepares to go out to the clinic run by JHAS and the United Nations Population Fund at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, August 27, 2014.  Hana had complications with her pregnancy: she had pre-eclampsia and seizures, and spent over two weeks in the hospital unconscious after delivering. She now suffers seizures every few weeks, and is hoping to get a referral for a neurologist to diagnose the root of her seizures.  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.

Hana Mufleh Mohammed, 16, a Syrian refugee from Daraa, prepares to go out to the clinic run by JHAS and the United Nations Population Fund at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, August 27, 2014. Hana had complications with her pregnancy: she had pre-eclampsia and seizures, and spent over two weeks in the hospital unconscious after delivering. She now suffers seizures every few weeks, and is hoping to get a referral for a neurologist to diagnose the root of her seizures. 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.