For Syrian refugees, child marriage robs a generation of its future

Cradling her baby boy in her arms, 17-year-old Kawthar Nawara walks into the single room she shares with her family and kneels down on one of the cushions on the floor of their shelter made of wood and plastic sheeting.

Along with dozens of other Syrian refugee families, they live in a makeshift camp in Lebanon’s West Bekaa region, about halfway between the Mediterranean and the Syrian border.

Ms. Nawara looks younger than her age and her four-month-old son already seems half the size of his mother. She has big brown eyes lined with kohl and tiny hands manicured with pink polish. While the older women around her wear long dresses in dark colours, Ms. Nawara sports jeans and runners with sparkly heels. Read more: