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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Commemoration to the fallen Trayvon Martin
"How does it feel to be a problem?" - W.E.B. DuBios
Bethlehem, Palestine. April, 2014.
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Muslim parents who don’t let their daughters go to college or get an education— imagine if everyone thought that way, how could we go to the doctor if there weren’t any females to do our checkups?
What? This is the best you could come up with?
"When you speak to Allah, don’t be embarrassed to tell Him anything. The most beautiful thing is that He Knows what you are about to tell Him and yet He still listens."
'Never Forget, Never Again'
In memory of those who perished aboard shotdown airliners:
Korean Air Lines
September 1, 1983
New York - Seoul (via Anchorage)
Shotdown over the Sea of Japan
July 3, 1988
Bandar Abbas - Dubai
Shotdown over the Persian Gulf
July 17, 2014
Amsterdam - Kuala Lumpur
Shotdown over eastern Ukraine
May they find peace and justice.