Early marriage in Jordan shows no signs of abating: UNICEF

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Our Lady of Peace church in Amman, Jordan. (UNifeed video capture)

One third of all marriages in Jordan involve girls under the age of 18, a new UNICEF study has found.

These newly released figures show that there has been no or little progress in reducing the number of early marriages.

Jordanian law puts the legal minimum age of marriage for boys and girls at 18. But among Syrian refugees living in Jordan, the rate is increasing rapidly.

The main reason behind this trend, says the Chief of Child Protection in UNICEF/Amman is for protection from sexual assault, harassment and sometimes to get out of poverty.

Speaking to Basma Baghall, Ms Maha Homsi gave more details about the study.

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