Girls are the primary victims of humanitarian crises, suffering abuses ranging from forced marriage to denial of access to education, and are “14 times more likely to die than boys in a conflict,” Plan International said Sunday.
The humanitarian NGO will unveil at the United Nations on Monday its conclusions from three investigations into the fate of youngsters in “three particularly unstable regions”– ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, a second group in the Chad Basin and a third in South Sudan.
The NGO research details “forced marriage, kidnappings, violence, sexual abuse, slavery” and a general lack of education opportunities.
Almost two-thirds of the Rohingya girls languishing in a refugee camp over the Bangladeshi border at Cox’s Bazar said they lack schooling due to reasons including hunger, beatings, rape, kidnapping and forced prostitution, Plan International said, adding that one in five girls aged between 13 and 15 endured forced marriages.
One girl facing the prospect of marrying somebody she did not even know said, “They couldn’t do it in Myanmar but they can here.”