Skip to comments.Syria's refugee brides:'My daughter is willing to sacrifice herself for her family'
Posted on 03/22/2013 7:08:21 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
She is tall and pretty, she tells Um Majed. She finished the seventh grade.
There is one available. He is Saudi, Um Majed answers.
This is what Nezar wants to hear. Saudis, flush with petrodollars, will pay well. She has high hopes for this Saudi.
Photos View gallery zoom So does Um Majed who will earn a $287 fee if the two sides agree to the match.
Um Majed, 28, is also a Syrian refugee, a former housewife from Homs. Um Majed isnt her actual name but a respectable Arab moniker meaning mother of Majed, her young son. She doesnt want her full name published because of her shame about what she does for a living: procuring brides, some as young as 12, for men as old as 70 from all over the Middle East in exchange for money.
My daughter is willing to sacrifice herself for her family, Nezar says. If the war had not happened I would not marry my daughter to a Saudi. But the Syrians here are poor and have no money.
Nezars daughter is 17. The Saudi groom is 70.
Stories of men fighting and dying to overthrow President Bashar Assads regime have fixated the world but for women the war has different, troubling dimensions. Syrian women and their children make up 75 per cent of the 429,000 refugees in Jordan. The vast majority do not live in the camps set up by the Jordanian authorities. They flood into cities like Amman where they live on the charity of kindly Jordanians and aid organizations.
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If I lived in that horrific country and not only had a way out but to a non povert life... I would take it.
Hell, if his bank account was big enough I might even marry the old geezer! I can get therapy really cheap...........
Those stories are about this.
The fact that the prince in the story is generally handsome is a red herring. Handsome men are a dime a dozen among the peasantry; it's the man who can set you up in a life of ease that is the prize.
I know it is a completely different world over there, but personally, I would be repelled if a man I didn’t love touched me-I don’t care how much money he has-Hugh Hefner included.
I really just couldn’t do it, but they live in a whole different world....so sad-and disgusting at the same time...
On average it appears that arranged marriages don’t fail at any higher rate than the marriages between people who choose each other. So I guess people make it work.
There is a difference between an arranged marriage that is based on looking for qualities of temperment and family background to find a compatible match for people and selling your child for money to someone old enough to be her grandfather.
Agreed... but the two overlap considerably.
Best deal for your hot-blooded livestock lover with a high-speed connection: tall Bosnian Blonde, Cute li'l Tutkette, Big sexy Albanian Va-Va-Va Voom, and they're even sort of Muslim! Buy me one, Dad!
However it's a tough sell, with the abbaya and the no driving. Howya gonna keep'em in Riyadh after they've seen Tirana?
“... selling your child for money to someone old enough to be her grandfather.”
Which brings up another question: what happens to you when you are 22 years old and just went from being bride #4 of a Saudi geezer to widow #4 of a Saudi geezer? What does the rest of your life look like?
now we know why they wear veils.........
Saudis, flush with petrodollars, will pay well. She has high hopes for this Saudi... My daughter is willing to sacrifice herself for her family, Nezar says. If the war had not happened I would not marry my daughter to a Saudi. But the Syrians here are poor and have no money. Nezars daughter is 17. The Saudi groom is 70.Hey, if she dies, she dies.