| 18 May 2024, Saturday |

Negative impacts of child marriage

Around 13% of girls in Lebanon marry under the age of 18. Child marriage violates children’s rights and places them at high risk of violence, exploitation, and abuse, as these girls suffer in their husband’s house after they escape from a humiliating life with their family.

Poverty, misery, ignorance, and violence are all factors that some girls are suffering from. Women who are now 25 years old told us their long suffering with a violent husband in a house devoid of the minimum necessities of a decent life.

The parents forced her to marry at the age of 13, because the family of 11 children have lost the support after the death of the father. A girl gave birth to her first son at the age of 14 under the threat of her husband to marry another woman. She gave birth to ten children who lived in a house that could not accommodate more than two people. She worked as a domestic worker to support her family, and lived in fear and deprivation.

This was her destiny and she forced her daughters to do the same, so they lived the same suffering, and these women cannot escape from the fate in a patriarchal society dominated by an ignorant mentality that increases the society’s ignorance and corruption.

A completed crime, rape against childhood, which leaves negative effects on souls, bodies and society.

  • Sawt Beirut International