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Political and social events from the Middle East, with exclusive reports and interviews. Tuesday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2017-09-13

The fight to end child marriage in Lebanon

In Lebanon, there's no legal minimum age for marriage. Some laws allow girls younger than 15 to marry. According to UNICEF, 6 percent of girls in the country get married before their 18th birthday. These numbers have increased with the influx of Syrian refugees, some one million of them. Maya El Ammar from KAFA, an organisation that's fighting to bring an end to violence and exploitation of young women, joins FRANCE 24 this week.

Meanwhile in Yemen, the conflict shows no signs of abating anytime soon. A Saudi-led coalition began pounding the Houthi movement in 2015. Two and a half years later, there's been little shift in the balance of power in the country: between the Shiite militia and the authorities. Increasingly, the finger is pointed at the international community for a war that's claimed some 10,000 lives.

Finally, more than five million people have fled Syria since the civil conflict began in 2011. Yet for tens of thousands escaping bloodshed elsewhere, such as Somalia and Iraq, Syria is also a place of refuge.

 

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Joanna COCKERELL , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Sanam SHANTYAEI

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2018-09-19 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Rapper I-NZ's 'This is Iraq': When music gets political

This week, we meet Dubai-based Iraqi rapper I-NZ. Earlier this summer, he released a song about what has happened to his country since the US-led invasion in 2003. "This is...

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2018-09-12 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

War in Syria: Hezbollah's secret soldiers

Since it began seven years ago, Syria's civil conflict has drawn in multiple foreign powers. Among them are Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah forces, who have helped prop up the...

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2018-09-05 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Yemen in crisis: More than 22 million people in need of humanitarian aid

It's been dubbed the forgotten war, and today multiple factions are entangled in Yemen's ongoing conflict. For three years, a Saudi-led coalition of Arab states have been...

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2018-08-29 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Tortured Syrian cartoonist haunted by detention

Syrian artist Najah Albukai was held twice in the country's notorious detention centres, where he was tortured. His memories of war have become his art. Today, he's determined to...

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2018-08-23 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Mosul girls learn to swim a year after city’s liberation from IS group

It's been just over a year since the Iraqi city of Mosul was liberated from the Islamic State group. Some 870,000 people have since returned to their hometown in a bid to rebuild...

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