Ayman Makieh — Istanbul. Samar, a Syrian girl from Aleppo, had no idea her marriage to a rich Saudi man in Istanbul would only last one day. This year-old had been longing for a more stable life, away from the atrocities of war. Her hope vanished when she realized she was a victim of a short-term marriage, arranged by her matchmaker, or khattaba, whom she met by chance, when she shared rooms with her and other single Syrian girls in Istanbul. He accepted. The wedding ceremony was held quickly, and just as abruptly, the marriage ended.
Marriage by Picture: Matchmakers Preying on Syrian Refugee Girls in Turkey – Siraj
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Drop ‘virgin’ from Muslim marriage certificates: Bangladesh court
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