Nawal Mdallaly, the founder of an organization that works with Syrian refugees in Lebanon, describes how Covid-19 has intensified the difficult situation that young Syrian girls face in that country.
Government support and the absence of pressures felt back home make it easier for many Syrian refugees in Germany to pursue a new field of study or career.
The pandemic is just one additional obstacle that is preventing girls from getting an education in a country with a chaotic and conflict-ridden recent history.
Child marriage rates improved in the Middle East and North Africa over a 25-year period, but those gains could now be undermined.
The number of refugee girls in the Middle East able to complete school and advance to higher education is certain to drop sharply, those who track the issue say.
A country-by-country breakdown of child marriage among displaced and refugee Syrian girls.
Increasing economic hardship, lingering cultural norms and other factors are driving many families to marry off their daughters.
Millions of girls in the Arab world end up as child brides: Some are forced to marry by their parents, for money or protection or due to cultural expectations; others want to escape poverty or an abusive home. All of them regret leaving school.
Fresh Syrian medical school graduates learning their profession in hospitals and starting public health initiatives are at high risk of coronavirus infections.
In a digital conversation, a panel of professors and students challenged the persistent notion that race is “somehow beyond the scope” of Middle East studies.