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Syrian refugee girl to marry to pay the rent

14-year-old promised to landlord in Lebanon after her family could no longer afford to pay the rent.

Last updated: 15 Jan 2014 09:18
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Over one million Syrian refugees have fled to Lebanon, but not all are eligible for aid.

Refugees who are not registered with the United Nations have been forced to take desperate measures to survive.

Fourteen-year-old Hanifa has agreed to marry a 44-year-old Lebanese landlord. Her family can not afford to pay their monthly rent, so the owner of the house has demanded Hanifa become his second wife.

Lebanon hosts the largest number of refugees from Syria and aid agencies are calling the Syrian refugee crisis a humanitarian tragedy.

Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr reports from northeastern Lebanon.

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