Friday, August 03, 2018


LUKE 21:28-29
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)

JOEL 2:3,30
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)

ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)

47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE

Trump calls on Sessions to end Russia probe-Attorney general 'should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further,' US president tweets-By Zeke Miller-TOI-AUG 2,18

WASHINGTON (AP) — US President Donald Trump called Wednesday for his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, to end special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russia’s election intervention, a day after Trump’s former campaign chairman went on trial.Taking to Twitter to complain about the federal Russia investigation, which focuses on the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump said Sessions “should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further.”The relationship between Sessions and the president has been strained for more than a year, since the attorney general recused himself from investigations relating to the election because of Sessions’ own role on the Trump campaign. Mueller’s team is accountable to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.Tuesday marked the first day of Paul Manafort’s trial on charges of tax evasion and bank fraud brought by Mueller’s team, charges that stemmed from Manafort’s consulting work for Ukraine, for which he allegedly received millions he did not report to the US government.Seeking to distance himself from his ex-campaign chairman, Trump said, “He worked for me for a very short time.”But Manafort’s involvement in the Trump campaign spanned six months, and he helped lead efforts to secure the GOP nomination for Trump in 2016.Trump asked whether his former top political aide was being treated worse than Al Capone, tweeting that Manafort is “now serving solitary confinement – although convicted of nothing?” Capone, the infamous gangster, was convicted of tax evasion and served most of the 1930s in prison before being paroled.Manafort is in detention after having his bail revoked because of allegations that he was attempting to tamper with witnesses in his case. Federal prosecutors revealed last month that he was afforded unusual privileges while in detention.Trump said the charges against Manafort “have nothing to do with Collusion.” Potential coordination between Russian government agents and the Trump campaign is still a matter of investigation by Mueller’s team, which is also investigating potential obstruction of justice by the president. Trump called any talk of collusion “a Hoax.”

Iran’s parliament to question president over economic woes-As rial nosedives, Hassan Rouhani must appear before lawmakers within a month-By AP-TOI-AUG 2,18

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s parliament announced Wednesday it would hold a special session to question President Hassan Rouhani about the plummeting currency and struggling economy.In the announcement on the parliament’s website, lawmakers said Rouhani must appear within a month in an open session to answer questions, but no specific date was announced.The rial has slipped since the US pulled out of the nuclear deal in May and said it would restore sanctions that had been lifted in exchange for Iran curbing its atomic activities. The first of those renewed sanctions go into effect Monday.Iran is negotiating with other world powers that are parties to the deal — China, Russia, Germany, France, Britain as well as the European Union — in a bid to salvage it with new incentives.Lawmakers plan to separately question Labor Minister Ali Rabiei over the 12.5 percent unemployment rate. He already appeared before parliament in March, when they voted to keep him in office.Pressure is building on Rouhani as Iran’s economic woes mount. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered Rouhani, the speaker of parliament and the head of the judiciary to work together and find a way to resolve the problems.On Tuesday, 200 of 290 members of parliament signed a letter to Rouhani urging him to make changes to his economic team.Rouhani’s administration has already replaced the central bank governor and taken other measures to shore up the currency, which hit a new low this week.Meanwhile, some hardliners have called for new elections or for Rouhani’s civilian government to be replaced by a military-led one.The Fars news agency, believed to be close to Iran’s hardline elite Revolutionary Guard, in July distributed an op-ed from the Sobh-e No daily newspaper describing the government as too ready to “bow down to foreign threats.”

Switzerland to hold reception in no-man’s land between Israel, West Bank-Despite what maps and Israeli court says, embassy insists Israeli-Palestinian peace commune of Neve Shalom is located inside Israel proper-By Raphael Ahren-TOI-AUG 2,18

The Swiss embassy was set to host its annual National Day event Wednesday in Neve Shalom, an Israeli-Palestinian peace village located in what much of the international community considers an illegal West Bank settlement.Located south of Latrun, Neve Shalom is situated in a sliver of land considered “no-man’s land” because neither Jordan nor Israel controlled it between 1948 and the 1967 Six Day War, during which Israel captured the West Bank.The Swiss embassy in Tel Aviv selected Neve Shalom partly because it is located “equidistant from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv-Jaffa,” but mainly because of its dedication to Israeli-Palestinian coexistence, according to the invitation sent out by Ambassador Jean-Daniel Ruch.“It is a model of equality, mutual respect and partnership that challenges existing patterns of racism and discrimination as well as the continued conflict,” the invitation stated. “The community has established educational institutions based on its ideals and conducts activities focused on social and political change. Many of the village members work in peace, justice and reconciliation projects.”But the choice of location is curious, as Switzerland, like most other countries, does not recognize Israel beyond the 1967 lines.Switzerland “does not conduct official relations with Israel in territories beyond the 1967 borders (except in specific cases of need),” the Swiss Foreign Ministry’s website states. That includes “any activity or visit in the company of representatives of the Israeli authorities on the territories in question.”The website does not say explicitly whether Switzerland considers no-man’s land a part of Israel or not. But both the United Nations and the European Union have a clear policy of viewing Israeli localities in no-man’s land as illegal settlements.A list drawn up by the EU to determine whether products may be eligible for preferential tariff treatment lists Neve Shalom as a “borderline community,” for which “importers are invited to consult their respective customs authorities prior to requesting preferential treatment.”The EU grants a tax exemption togoods made in Israel proper; not so products manufactured in West Bank settlements.Responding to a Times of Israel query, the Swiss embassy in Tel Aviv implied that it was aware of Neve Shalom’s location but did not consider it part of no-man’s land.“While looking into organizing our National Day, we indeed carefully looked at the geographical location of Neve Shalom, in the context of the specific and complex situation of the no-man’s land area along the 1967 border, and reached the conclusion that Neve Shalom is mainly located on Israeli land (as internationally recognized), with only part of its agricultural lands in the no-man’s land. The event will not take place in the no-man’s land.”According to Google maps, however, Neve Shalom is clearly located inside no-man’s land:Last year, the Haaretz newspaper reported [paywall] that Beit Shemesh Magistrate’s Court Judge Alexander Ron had ruled that Neve Shalom is outside the State of Israel.In a lengthy ruling, he explained that neither the Knesset nor the Israeli government demarcated the country’s borders in a precise matter.“By hosting their official National Day in an Israeli settlement in what the EU and others regard as ‘occupied territory,’ Switzerland is rejecting the notion that they cannot engage with Israeli actors across the Green Line,” said Eugene Kontorovich, who heads the international law department at the Kohelet Policy Forum, a right-wing Israeli think tank.“The event’s location shows the hollowness of repeated claims by the UN that international law prohibits such actions,” he added. “Of course, the Swiss Embassy has picked a famously ‘left-wing’ settlement for its party, but the legal argument against such events turns only on the Israeliness of the settlers, not their ideology.”Earlier this year, Russia became the first country to hold its annual national day celebration in Jerusalem. Last month, the US — which last year officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital — held its Independence Day celebration outside Tel Aviv.

Erdogan accuses US of ‘Zionist mentality’ in pastor’s case-Amid worse spat in years, in which Trump has threatened sanctions on Ankara for jailing protestant cleric, Turkey rejects 'threatening language'-By AFP-TOI-AUG 2,18

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday vowed his country would not give into threats from the US over the case of an American pastor being tried on terror charges, accusing Washington of showing an “evangelist, Zionist mentality.”Andrew Brunson, who led a protestant church in the Aegean city of Izmir, is at the center of one of the most bitter diplomatic spats between the NATO allies in years that risks escalating further.Brunson was last week put under house arrest after nearly two years in jail. But the crisis has since escalated rather than being defused, with US officials furious he has not been allowed to leave Turkey.US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have threatened Turkey with painful sanctions if the pastor was not freed.“We will not give any credit to this type of threatening language,” Erdogan told reporters in Ankara.Pence said last week that Brunson was “a victim of religious persecution” but Erdogan insisted that Turkey did not have the “slightest problem with religious minorities.”“It is not possible for us to accept that America gets up, especially with an evangelist, Zionist mentality, and uses this kind of threat-filled language,” Erdogan added.Erdogan’s comments come after after senior figures from Turkey’s religious minorities issued a joint statement on Wednesday denying that there was pressure against their followers.Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, Turkey Armenian Deputy Patriarch Archbishop Aram Atesyan and Turkey’s Chief Rabbi Ishak Haleva signed the declaration among other minority leaders, Hurriyet daily reported.“We practice our faiths and worship according to our traditions freely,” it said.Both Pence and Brunson are evangelical Christians. Brunson’s Izmir church is affiliated to the Orlando-based Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC).Brunson faces up to 35 years in jail if convicted on charges of acting on behalf of two groups deemed by Turkey to be terrorists — the movement led by US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen who Ankara says was behind the 2016 coup bid and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).He is also accused of espionage for political or military purposes. Brunson rejects all the claims against him while US officials insist he is innocent of all the charges.A court on Tuesday rejected a petition filed by Brunson’s lawyer asking for his client to be freed. The next hearing in his case is on October 12.

UK former far-right leader Tommy Robinson freed from prison-Appeals court overturns contempt of court conviction, when activist allegedly breached reporting rules on 'Muslim child rapists' case-By AFP-TOI-AUG 2,18

LONDON, United Kingdom — British former far-right leader Tommy Robinson was freed from prison on Wednesday after winning a legal challenge in a case that has galvanized his supporters worldwide.Robinson, who founded a street-level anti-Muslim fringe group called the English Defence League, was serving a 13-month jail sentence.He was jailed in May for contempt of court and breaching a previous suspended sentence, having used social media to live-stream outside a Leeds Crown Court in northern England in breach of reporting restrictions around a trial.Since his imprisonment, supporters of US President Donald Trump including former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon have taken up his cause.Street protests have demanded the release of Robinson, who has previous convictions for assault, drug possession and fraud.A panel of three judges at the Court of Appeal in London quashed the finding of contempt, citing technical flaws, and freed him on conditional bail pending a new hearing.“The appellant is granted bail and the matter of contempt at Leeds Crown Court is remitted to be heard again,” said Lord Chief Justice Ian Burnett, the head of the English judiciary, reading the judgement.“We are satisfied that the decision at Leeds Crown Court to proceed to committal to prison so promptly… gave rise to unfairness.“There was no clarity about what parts of the video were relied upon as amounting to contempt, what parts the appellant accepted through his counsel amounted to contempt and for what conduct he was sentenced.”His case will be re-heard at England’s Old Bailey central criminal court in London “as soon as reasonably possible,” the judges said.The 35-year-old, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was not in court for the hearing.Around 20 supporters, outnumbered two to one by police officers, chanted his name outside court while another 20 or so counter-protesters were also present.-Judge reveals case background-In the decision read out in court, the judges revealed the background to the case, much of which had previously been subject to reporting restrictions.Burnett said Robinson had filmed inside a courtroom — an offense — in Canterbury, southeast England, in May 2017 during what he told the camera was a trial of “Muslim child rapists.”Robinson was given a suspended jail sentence and told he would face immediate imprisonment if he embarked on similar conduct within 18 months.In May 2018, he broadcast on Facebook outside Leeds Crown Court about a trial which was under reporting restrictions imposed to avoid prejudicing that case and other related ones.“During his live-streaming the appellant had referred to the supposed religion of the defendants, the ethnicity of the alleged victims, the costs of the prosecutions, and (he) questioned why publication was prohibited,” Burnett said.Pursuing immediate proceedings against Robinson, the judge in the Leeds trial, Geoffrey Marson, “explained that he was conducting the second of three trials involving a total of 28 Asian men,” Burnett said.Marson told Robinson: “The vast majority of what you were saying… was reference to cases like this, to Asian men, to the grooming of 11-year-old girls and the number of cases like this.“No one could possibly conclude that that was likely to be anything other than highly prejudicial to the defendants in the present trial.”No date has been set for the new hearing at the Old Bailey.


GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

HOSEA 4:1-3
1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

22  The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
23  And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.
24  The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.


LUKE 21:25-26
25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS ETC) and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)

GENESIS 7:6-12
6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

More intense wildfires to become the norm, ecologist predicts-[CBC]-YAHOONEWS-July 31, 2018

An ecologist at Guelph University says she believes wildfires raging across North America and beyond are a sign of things to come."These fires are burning more intensely," said Merritt Turetsky, a member of the school's integrative biology department."These are a direct consequence of climate change."Turetsky said the heat across the world this summer set off ripple effects influencing the kinds of fires burning today. There are dramatic fires burning in Ontario, British Columbia, California, Sweden and Greece.No active wildfires in Nova Scotia-Wildfire has always been a part of the boreal forest system, said Turketsky, but the difference now is the level of burning."What we're seeing now on the ground leading to these very dangerous conditions is unhealthy burning. [Conditions] are yielding large, large fires — larger than anything we've seen before."There are currently no active wildfires in Nova Scotia, something a provincial fire prevention officer attributes to prompt reporting efforts when the public sees something, as well as recent humidity and scattered showers.Detection efforts ongoing-Still, with dry conditions expected heading into a long weekend, Kara McCurdy said officials are preparing for the possibility the fire-risk index here could reach extreme in the coming days."Stuff is starting to dry out and the fire crews are starting to see fires burn a little deeper into the ground."McCurdy said prevention is a major part of efforts here, but crews stand at the ready in case they are needed. Volunteer fire crews are a major part of that effort and aircraft remain on alert, she said."We're doing detection and making sure there's no active smoke or anything out there that we aren't getting reported from the public."More resources will be required-There are 24 district offices spread across the province to deal with wildfires, said McCurdy. There are four helicopters that can be called on to help battle a blaze, along with volunteer fire departments around Nova Scotia that are often the first on the scene, she said.Turetsky said a concern for her is the increase in wildfire activity. She said the demands to fight the fires could outstrip existing resources.Additional measures will need to be taken to ensure there are enough firefighters and that they have the appropriate equipment to fight fires and keep themselves safe when called into action.

Sex predator law challenged by Cosby to get court review-[The Canadian Press]-YAHOONEWS-AUG 1, 2018

PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania's highest court will consider whether the state can lawfully designate certain sex offenders as sexually violent predators, as it's seeking to do in the case of Bill Cosby.Cosby's attorneys also are challenging the constitutionality of the law.But the state Supreme Court's decision Tuesday to review the statute was made in response to an appeal by the state in a different case, not Cosby's challenge. A lower court judge had found the process by which offenders are deemed predators unconstitutional.A state panel last week recommended a judge find Cosby to be a sexually violent predator after the 81-year-old's April conviction on aggravated indecent assault charges.That classification would require him to receive sex offender counselling by a state-approved provider for the rest of his life.Cosby faces sentencing Sept. 24. He plans to appeal.The Associated Press.


EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10



GENESIS 6:11-13
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

GENESIS 16:11-12
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)

ISAIAH 14:12-14
12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14  I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)

JOHN 16:2
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)

Forced into abusive marriages, Syrian child brides increasingly turn to suicide-In Lebanon, young refugees are being married off by families in need of money and security to much older men who rape and beat them -- and often consider them mere entertainment-By Lisa Khoury-TOI-AUG 1,18

WEST BEKAA, Lebanon — Fourteen-year-old Salwa chugged the bleach for as long as she could. She ignored the agonizing burn going from her throat to stomach. She tuned out the sound of gunfire outside her kitchen window. It wasn’t the Syrian war she was trying to escape. It was her marriage.Her 27-year-old husband was drunk again and wanted to have sex. If she said no, he’d beat her — drag her around the floor by her hair, slam her head against the wall or whip her with his belt. So she said she’d be right back and poisoned herself.“I returned to the bedroom and thought, this will be the last time,” said Salwa. But she didn’t die.“When I woke up the next morning, I said, ‘F*ck you, God.’”Salwa, whose name has been changed for her protection, is now 20 years old. She is a refugee — and one of the more than 40 percent of Syrian girls in Lebanon forced into early marriage due to the Syrian civil war, according to UNICEF. That’s nearly double the rate of early marriage in Lebanon since the crisis began.Marriage is seen as a way to protect girls from sexual assault — and give parents one less mouth to feed. In fact, Lebanon’s struggling economy, coupled with the United Nations’ shortage of aid, can leave refugees desperate for a dowry.“In many respects, girls are seen as a commodity,” said Fiona Carr, a spokesperson for Girls Not Brides, an international NGO dedicated to ending child marriage. “It’s like, where can I place this? For some parents, getting a dowry is a high commodity, so they’ll place her with the highest bidder.”What parents don’t realize, though, is child brides are at a higher risk of being raped, getting HIV, dropping out of school and continuing a life of poverty, according to Girls Not Brides. And many become depressed, or, as in Salwa’s case, suicidal.On July 3, the Syrian government called on refugees to return, saying it has successfully cleared large areas of “terrorists.” But for many refugee girls in Lebanon, the damage is already done. The crisis has forced them into marriage — and there’s no turning back.-The economics of early marriage-Fourteen-year-old Zeina was scared of the 53-year-old Lebanese man, who had white hair and a big belly. But he was about to become her husband.She’d only seen him once, while they were both visiting her neighbor in West Bekaa — an area of Lebanon where 47% of Syrian girls are married. Zeina served the adults tea, he looked her up and down, and a week later showed up to her apartment asking for her hand. Zeina begged her parents to say no. But he offered a better life and a $5,000 dowry.Nine months later, a sheikh walked in while she was doing the dishes. He asked if she’d marry the stranger. Reluctantly, she said yes. Her husband was waiting in the car. They drove to his house in silence. He raped her that night — and every night after.“I wasn’t living in a marriage,” says Zeina — not her real name — now 17, as she breastfeeds her 7-month-old daughter. “I was always afraid of what would happen when he’d get home at night. I was always shocked, stressed and waiting for something bad.”I was always afraid of what would happen when he’d get home at night-But her family, like many struggling refugees, needed the dowry.Zeina is one of approximately 1.5 million Syrians, according to the Lebanese government, who have fled to Lebanon since the war began in 2011. They’ve found safety in the third-world country — but also a struggling economy.Unemployment is so bad that Lebanon has created a rule: Syrians can only work in agriculture, construction and cleaning — all low-paying, temporary jobs. As a result, 76% of refugees registered with the United Nations live below the poverty line — on less than $3.84 per day.Suzanne Farrah was 14 when her family fled to Lebanon. Her father had been killed by the Islamic State terror group in Syria — meaning their source of income was gone. So she did the only thing she knew would help her family survive: got married.“My mom didn’t have enough money to support the family,” said Farrah, now 17. “In my heart, I didn’t want to get married. But when I looked at our circumstances, I thought it would be better.”Refugees have one saving grace: aid from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). But the organization can’t keep up with the overwhelming number of refugees — so it’s making cuts.Right now, it’s giving monthly cash support (about $175) to 198,000 refugees. That’s just 13% of the Syrians in Lebanon. This year, the UNHCR appeal for Lebanon is $462 million — and it’s only 10% funded.“If humanitarian aid is decreasing, families find themselves more vulnerable,” said Jihane Latrous of UNICEF. “And then they find themselves in situations where they have to send their kids to work, or girls to get married, or survival sex.”-A choice between rape and rape-Ironically, it’s the fear of sexual assault that often drives parents to marry off their daughters.When Syrian soldiers entered Idlib, Syria, in December 2016, Fadia Ammar Al Mohamad’s father couldn’t wait any longer. He signed papers to marry off the 14-year-old to a cousin in Lebanon she’d never met.“We heard the army was raping girls in front of their fathers and then killing the whole family,” Al Mohamad said. “My parents were afraid I would get raped.”We heard the army was raping girls in front of their fathers and then killing the whole family. My parents were afraid I would get rapedNow, more than ever, Syrian girls are vulnerable to sexual assault. In some Middle Eastern cultures, girls who have sex before marriage are shamed — even if they’re raped. So marriage can save a girl’s virginity and, by extension, her family’s reputation.In Syria, armed groups use rape as a weapon of war to panic and intimidate people. And in Lebanon, refugees are more likely to get sexually harassed.“A landlord, for example, sees families who can’t pay rent and may decide to say, ‘OK, you can’t pay me money for the rent, but you can engage in sexual relationships with me,’” Latrous said. “As a way to protect their daughters, it’s a choice out of desperation that some families choose to marry them off.”But once a girl is married, she often has traumatic sexual experiences within her own marriage.-The vulnerability of young brides-Seventeen-year-old Halima Ali Al Hussein avoided having sex with her 42-year-old husband for a month and a half.For him, it was a month and a half too long.He had a wife and kids in Syria, but wanted a second wife to keep him company in Dubai, where he just started a new job. So he visited a refugee settlement in Taanayel, Lebanon, spotted Al Hussein and asked her father for her hand.At that time, Al Hussein was the breadwinner of her family. Her mom had recently died, and her dad couldn’t work due to an injury. So she picked potatoes in the field 10 hours a day, sometimes seven days a week, to provide for her eight siblings.She thought marrying the stranger would make life easier. But she wound up entering a life of mental and sexual abuse.“The first time, he forced me,” Al Hussein, now 21, recalls. “It was like a fight between us. I was screaming, ‘Leave me!’ He said, ‘You are my wife. You will do it because I waited a month and a half.’”Girls below 18 are more likely to be victims of domestic violence than women. And the wider the age difference, the more likely they’ll be abused, according to Human Rights Watch.All of the nine girls interviewed for this story said they’d been forced or felt pressured to have sex with their husbands.“During relations, there was no love,” Al Hussein said. “I would just close my eyes. Until now, I’m afraid of marriage.”Then, there’s psychological abuse.Al Hussein said her husband would lock her inside the apartment every day while he was at work. Then, he’d come home and talk on the phone.“I’d want to talk and ask, ‘How was your day?’” she said. “He’d say, ‘Don’t talk until I tell you to.’”Al Hussein thought having a baby could solve their problems. When she pitched the idea, he said no — he had married her solely for entertainment.At that moment, Al Hussein decided to leave him. She felt empowered and strong and free. She didn’t realize, though, divorcing her husband would ruin her reputation.-Blaming the bride who leaves-As Al Hussein, now 21 years old, tells her story, she sits in her family’s hut in Taanayel. Her father says she can only leave this stuffy room, made of cloth walls, when she has to work. Otherwise, because she’s no longer a virgin, people may think she’s going to talk to men.“My siblings asked, ‘Why did you come back? Because you were a bad wife, that’s why,’” she said. “My dad was blaming me, saying I should have solved the problem and stayed with him.”Zeina, the Syrian who married a 53-year-old, is dealing with a similar problem.Two years into her marriage, she got pregnant. Her husband’s family was livid because they didn’t want a Syrian child to inherit their land, she says. So her husband told her father she cheated and the child wasn’t his.    They beat me with a belt while I was pregnant-“They beat me with a belt while I was pregnant,” she says as she points to welts on her arms and back.Zeina delivered the baby girl last year, and her husband — who refuses to legally divorce her — has yet to see them. With the help of a local NGO, Zeina did a DNA test and found out the baby is his.With no one to help the single 17-year-old mom, she struggles to feed her daughter. She recently went to court, saying she needs her husband to at least pay for diapers.“After I went to court, his friends threatened my mom,” Zeina said. “They said if I go to court one more time, they will hurt our whole family.”And then there’s Salwa. When she told her husband she wanted a divorce, he took their four children, moved out and barely allows her to see them.-Suicides and cover-ups-Halima’s death certificate says she fell down the stairs. But according to SB Overseas — an NGO working with Syrian refugees across Lebanon, including Halima’s camp — the 13-year-old actually killed herself.It started one night in October, when she ran away from her abusive husband at a refugee camp outside Beirut. She fled back to her family and asked if they’d help her divorce him. No way, was their answer, she had to stay with him. So, that night, Halima overdosed on pills.SB Overseas has noticed how common suicide has become among child brides — and how often families lie about it.“They cannot admit the decision they made led to this result,” said Veronica Lari, a former spokesperson for SB Overseas. “What happens often is girls disappear completely. We know it’s a consequence of the marriage, but we don’t have any data or news from her. And the family says they don’t know anything.”Although early marriage has existed for centuries, few studies show its psychological impact. That’s not because child brides aren’t deeply depressed and lonely — it’s because they’re not talking about it.“If you’ve been forced into a marriage you don’t want, and once you’re in the marriage, you’re forced to have sex when you don’t want to have sex, you may not give voice to any feelings,” Carr said. “Because as far as you’re aware, no one cares about what you think.”Hasan Arfeh, a Syrian journalist, has noticed the same trend in Syria.When word got out that a young bride in rural Idlib, Syria, hanged herself in February of 2017, Arfeh launched an investigation. He found four other girls had killed themselves in that area since being forced to get married.He also realized why suicide is so rarely reported among Syrian child brides: the stigma around it.“Parents know their daughter committed suicide, but in small communities in Syria, they hide the issue,” Arfeh said. “They feel ashamed of the community around them. They do not offer the body to the forensic doctor, claiming it is the body of a girl and they have the right not to show it.”Parents know their daughter committed suicide, but in small communities in Syria, they hide the issue-Layal, whose name has also been changed, was six months into her marriage when she tried to kill herself. The 16-year-old Syrian refugee jumped into a river in Baalbak, Lebanon, knowing she couldn’t swim. But her sister saved her.“I thought, ‘I want to die. It’s better than living this miserable life,’” she said. I thought, ‘I want to die. It’s better than living this miserable life,’Her father fled to Lebanon with 17 kids and couldn’t provide for them all. So he married her off to a 31-year-old who was financially stable — but also abusive.Layal says one day, he used a broom to hit her on the head. He whacked her so many times she passed out, waking up on the floor hours later, bleeding from her skull. It was then she decided to try to end her life.-Hope in short supply-Layal sometimes can’t remember where she lives, or how old she is. Her husband, who she’s since divorced, beat her so many times on the head that she now suffers from short-term memory loss, her mother says.In October, Layal got a rare opportunity to see a psychologist.One morning, Amira Deeb, a social worker with the Lebanese Women’s Democratic Gathering (RDFL) — an NGO funded by UNICEF — went to Layal’s camp, looking for refugees in need of emotional support.Layal immediately asked for counseling. But her mother said no — she was afraid of her daughter leaving the camp without a man.Most international aid organizations focus on getting refugees food, shelter and clothing — not emotional support. And even the ones that do have trouble reaching child brides.UNICEF has 10 partners across Lebanon that target women and girls at risk of gender-based violence. In 2017, those partners helped reach more than 60,000 women and girls, says Latrous. But Deeb says that doesn’t mean girls are opening up as deeply as they want.“Yes we have this program, we offer education, activities, psychologists and even legal help, but they’re not helpful,” Deeb said. “If we try to take the girls from where they are living, their husbands or brothers or fathers or mothers make a big problem. These girls can’t be saved.”Also, there’s only so much NGOs can accomplish without help from the Lebanese government.Lebanon has no minimum age for marriage. Instead, the country leaves it up to religious parties to decide.Furthermore, Lebanon doesn’t criminalize marital rape. In fact, a husband can only get in trouble if his wife is physically hurt during rape and needs 10 days to recover. In that case, he faces a fine between $6.66 and $33, or a maximum of six months in prison.For now, NGOs like RDFL continue to go into camps and try to do what they can — offer girls, who get permission from their husbands and fathers — a chance to simply talk.“When we go to the field, I see something in these girls’ eyes,” Deeb said. “They will not say it, but when I look in the eyes of any one of these girls, I see they are telling us, ‘Please, can you help us and take us out of this life forever?’”