Category Archives: Jordan

Trouwen op je veertiende

Geplaatst in Trouw op 11 oktober 2016.  HIGHLIGHT: kindhuwelijken | In vluchtelingenkampen in Jordanië huwelijken Syrische ouders hun dochters uit. Uit armoede en uit traditie. Busra’s toekomstige echtgenoot zag haar voor het eerst toen ze van school naar huis liep … Continue reading

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How this 14-year-old Syrian refugee is fighting to end child marriage

Published by Al-Monitor on September 22, 2016.  ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan — Omaima Hoshan, 14, wasn’t really aware of early marriage until her best friend dropped out of school in the fifth grade. Omaima was very concerned. Her friend was … Continue reading

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‘Vroeg of laat barst de dam in Jordanië’

Geplaatst in De Tijd op 22 september 2016. AMMAN- Hoe langer de oorlog in Syrië duurt, hoe onrustiger het wordt in het – voorlopig – stabiele buurland Jordanië. De vluchtelingenstroom dreigt de boel te doen ontploffen. ‘We kunnen het niet … Continue reading

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Thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan finally back in school

Published by Al-Monitor on September 12, 2016 IRBID, Jordan — After years of trying to get Mohammed into a public school, his mother Alaa had almost given up. Since the family fled from Syria to Jordan in 2012, Mohammed has … Continue reading

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De vrouwenhaat vlucht mee

Geschreven voor Trouw en De Tijd in januari, 2016. Je kunt het Midden-Oosten niet naar Europa halen zonder de vrouwenhaat en het seksueel geweld erbij te importeren. Kun je dat nog zeggen, vraagt Brenda Stoter zich af, zonder je aan … Continue reading

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Grandmothers bear the brunt of Syrian orphan crisis

Written for Al-Monitor on March, 20, 2015 ZAATARI, Jordan — It has been years since Da’ed and her family fled Syria, but when her granddaughter asks where her mother and father are, the 60-year-old woman cannot find the right words to … Continue reading

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Financial burden, risk of violence pressure Syrian girls to marry

Written for Al-Monitor on March, 17, 2015 MAFRAQ, Jordan — Her first husband was a 46-year-old man from Saudi Arabia who already had two wives. Once every few months, he traveled to Jordan for business, and during these visits he would talk to Fatima’s aunt … Continue reading

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Iraqi Christians find safe haven in Jordan’s churches

Written for Al-Monitor on March, 20, 2015 AMMAN, Jordan — His teenage daughter being married to an Islamic State (IS) fighter, his wife being forced to convert to Islam and his sons being trained by militants in the Islamic State’s … Continue reading

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‘Christenen zijn nergens meer veilig’

Geschreven voor De Tijd op 10 maart, 2015 AMMAN- Door de opmars van Islamitische Staat vluchten christenen massaal uit Irak. In de Jordaanse hoofdstad Amman worden ze in kerken opgevangen, maar ook daar willen ze weg. ‘Er is geen plek … Continue reading

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Ook Jordanië vreest opmars ISIS

Geschreven voor De Tijd, 02-07-2014 AMMAN- De Jordaniërs houden hun hart vast. De extremistische groepering ISIS rukt steeds verder op in het buurland Irak en ook in Jordanië kan ze op steeds meer steun rekenen. De regering in Amman laat de … Continue reading

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Jordanian hospitals manage care for wounded Syrians

Written for Al Monitor, November 12, 2013 Almost every hospital in Jordan has a ward where Syrians can receive free health care after being severely wounded in Syria. AMMAN- At Al-Jazeera Hospital in Amman, Fatima, 10, cried when she talked about … Continue reading

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Teenage Syrian refugees wed ‘for protection’

Written for Al Jazeera, November 12, 2013 Girls as young as 14 are being married off, fearing attacks in the world’s second-largest refugee camp. Za’atari, Jordan – Fatima sits in a beauty salon getting her hair and make-up done by … Continue reading

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