GAZIANTEP, Turkey—“I was 13 when we got married. We didn’t know anything about life. My husband was five years older than me. He’s very handsome, my husband….God have mercy on his soul.” Hala’s eyes fill but she does not cry.
She types “hahaha” in Arabic on Whatsapp to her mother-in-law, who has just made a dark joke about not having money to get to Turkey from their hometown outside Aleppo.