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Forced Into Marriage, Syrian Teen Engulfed by Abuse and Trauma

AL MAFRAQ, Jordan (WOMENSENEWS)—A  tiny, frightened 13-year-old girl and her mother sat in a makeshift doctor’s clinic in this city just one mile from Ar Ramtha, Syria, the home to thousands of Syrian refugees who have set up informal camps since the start of the country’s civil war.

The child held a baby, not even six months old, in her arms.

It was a hot day in June 2014 and the physician who wound up seeing them was Dr. Shelly Chvotzkin, an obstetrician and gynecologist from Fort Myers, Florida, who does volunteer stints for the Salamm Cultural Museum, a Seattle-based humanitarian aid group.

The waiting area of the clinic—a converted school in Al Mafraq—was filled with hundreds of Syrians waiting to be seen by the few doctors on hand.

Full article: here.


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