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Grasping for the security of a husband and home, hundreds of girls are being sold into early marriage.
“If the war had not happened I would not marry my daughter to a Saudi.
She lists the girl’s qualities.“She is tall and pretty,” she tells Um Majed. Um Majed isn’t her actual name but a respectable Arab moniker meaning ‘mother of Majed,’ her young son.
“She finished the seventh grade.”“There is one available. She doesn’t want her full name published because of her shame about what she does for a living: procuring brides, some as young as 12, for men as old as 70 from all over the Middle East in exchange for money.
But the Syrians here are poor and have no money.”Nezar’s daughter is 17. Stories of men fighting and dying to overthrow President Bashar Assad’s regime have fixated the world but for women the war has different, troubling dimensions.
Syrian women and their children make up 75 per cent of the 429,000 refugees in Jordan.
Some are looking for a bargain.“Some believe if they marry a Syrian girl it is cheaper,” he says.