Refugee child bride went on a hunger strike after Belgium separated her from husband

A 15-year-old Syrian refugee in Belgium went on a hunger strike for a week after being separated from her 18-year-old husband, according to Belgian media reports. Her fast ended Friday after talks with social workers and other children housed in the asylum center, reported De Standaard newspaper.

Neither the girl nor her husband was identified by name. The separation was enforced because of Belgium’s own policies against child marriage. The girl was barred from seeing her husband inside the center, but she could meet him outside and talk to him over the phone.