Syrians in Zaatari camp still must search for refuge...this time from rape. This 14-year-old girl is one of them.
The 14-year-old girl was reported to be raped in Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp late Monday (AFP/File)
Click here to add AMMAN as an alert
Disable alert for AMMAN,
Click here to add Family Protection Unit as an alert
Disable alert for Family Protection Unit,
Click here to add Grand Criminal Court as an alert
Disable alert for Grand Criminal Court,
Click here to add Wadah Hmoud as an alert
Disable alert for Wadah Hmoud
Three Syrian refugees raped a 14-year-old Syrian girl late Monday at the Zaatari camp, Brig. Gen. Wadah Hmoud, director of the Syrian refugee camps administration, said Tuesday.
One of the suspects was arrested and search was under way for the other two, Hmoud told The Jordan Times over the phone.
The girl was sent to the Family Protection Unit at the Zaatari camp, the largest for Syrian refugees in Jordan, and started receiving medical and psychological treatment by experts at the unit, the official added.
“One of the alleged rapists was arrested and referred to the Grand Criminal Court; once the other two are arrested they will also be referred to court,” Hmoud said.
Since Syrian refugees began seeking humanitarian assistance in Jordan since the onset of the Syrian crisis in 2011, there have been 10 cases of sexual assaults reported, of which some included rape and sexual harassment, he said.
“Assailants in all sexual assault cases were Syrian refugees,” Hmoud noted.
Currently, there are two open camps for Syrian refugees in Jordan. In addition to the Zaatari camp in Mafraq Governorate, some 80km northeast of Amman, the Mreijeb Al Fhoud Camp can host up to 6,000 refugees and lies some 70km east of Amman.
Over 580,000 Syrians have sought refuge in the Kingdom since the crisis in their country started in March 2011, about 128,000 of whom live in refugee camps, said Hmoud.
Work is under way to prepare another camp for Syrian refugees in the Azraq area, he noted, adding that the facility will be ready by the end of October.
- Refugee retail therapy: Safeway supermarket for Syrians debuts at Jordan's Zaatari camp
- Four-year-old Syrian refugee boy sexually assaulted, possibly infected with AIDS
- One year later, Za'atari refugee camp still growing in Jordan
- Syrian teen and British youth face firing squad in UAE for drug dealing
- Modern exodus: How ISIL is erasing Christians in the Middle East