Syrian civil war drives massive surge in divorce

Divorce|Family|News|February 21st 2013

The divorce rate in Syria has almost doubled since the beginning of the current civil war, according to a recent survey.

Divorce in the crisis-wracked Middle-Eastern country has shot up by 45 per cent since mass protests against the Syrian regime in March 2011 sparked the continuing conflict. Meanwhile, marriage rates have also been affected, falling 40 per cent since hostilities began between the government and rebel forces, with the decline accelerating over the last ten months.

According to the survey, by Syrian media, divorced Syrians could soon outnumber their married compatriots. Some couples have reportedly divorced because they have different views on whether or not to support the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

A housewife called Maha told the official Chinese news agency Xinhua:

“My husband has been provoking quarrels with me for the most trivial things, apparently in an attempt to drive me to file for divorce.”

Maha’s husband lost his job as a result of the economic turbulence caused by the conflict and has been unable to find one since.

Photo showing poster of Bashar al-Assad by watchsmart via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence


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