"Often times, girls are first in terms of the elements of vulnerability —sexual harassment, sexual attacks, actual human trafficking, sex trafficking, and child marriage — and often last in opportunity, whether that's literally last in line in terms of being able to eat, or last in line in terms of their ability of their family to send them to school," says Michelle Nunn, President and CEO of CARE.
Around 68.5 million people around the world, including 17 million girls, are currently living away from home within their nation's borders, or else living in a new country as refugees, according to the report. In Syria alone, more than three million girls are currently displaced as a result of that country's eight-year-long civil war. They aretwo and a half times more likely to be out of school, and child marriage among refugee children is on the rise.
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