Sounds like a bad personal ad, and it is, but that's what happens when women are treated like possesions:
ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan — Between bitter fall weather and unceasing war at home, Syrian refugees at this northern desert tent camp have enough problems. But fathers like Abu Yousef say they must also contend with something else: older Arab men in search of Syrian brides.
“Of course I would rather her marry a Syrian, someone from our community, but what can we do?” Abu Yousef said of his daughter, whose husband was killed in the Syrian uprising. Although he at first rejected the idea, Abu Yousef said he had consented to an arrangement proposed by a 55-year-old retired Saudi engineer as an opportunity to provide for his widowed daughter, 27, and her three children.
Because most of the hundreds of Syrians who cross into Jordan each
day arrive with little more than the clothes on their backs, relief
officials and refugees said, offers that include dowries of as much as
$5,000 can be hard to resist. (Getty Images -
A woman sits outside her tent at Al Zaatary camp in Jordan,
near the border with Syria, on Aug. 6, 2012. Lately, the camp has seen a
rise in matchmakers who infiltrate the camp by posing as aid workers in
search of a Syrian bride.)
Proponents of the unions said they provide a humanitarian service to the more than 360,000 Syrians displaced throughout the region, often by arranging marriages for Syrian widows who would otherwise struggle to care for their families.
“This is not exploitation. This is generosity,” said Ziyad Hamad, whose charity, Kitab al-Sunna, is one of the largest organizations helping Syrian refugees in Jordan.
But many refugees here are vowing to
defend their families against the practice, which is being driven in
part by Web sites, classified advertisements and matchmaking networks
that target wealthy men in countries including Egypt, Saudi Arabia and
Bahrain. (continue at Washington Post, hat tip Marcus Wilder)
Old geezers seek young wives.