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Syrian refugees: rape is the main reason we leave

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Syria is facing a “staggering” humanitarian crisis arising from the civil war, according to an aid agency International Rescue Committee (IRC).

The group is calling on the outside world to step up its response, given the fact that the crisis is “steadily worsening”.

The organization says the level of rape and sexual violence occurring in the conflict is “horrific”. It is also added that refugees cite rape as the main reason they opt for leaving Syria. Besides it is often committed in front of family members.

Lack of medical and psychological support for survivors is “alarming”, says IRC.

It is also stressed that whole neighbourhoods are being reduced to rubble and at least 2m people are thought be internally displaced within Syria. People are moving from one village to another to escape a moving frontline.

In recent days the region has been hit by the worst winter storms in twenty years, making conditions for refugees even more desperate. Besides, children are often spotted as not being dressed for winter, reports BBC.

All were shivering, and coughing in the cold, with some even going without shoes, BBC correspondent says.

As reported, as many as a million Syrians are going hungry and helpless due to prolonged civil conflict in the country, according to the United Nations (UN).

The World Food Program (WFP) says it is helping 1.5 million Syrians, but continued fighting and an inability to use the port of Tartus to deliver food mean many people are not receiving aid, BBC reported.

The UN estimates that a total of around four million Syrians need humanitarian aid.

Lately the WFP has pulled its staff out of its offices in Homs, Aleppo, Tartus and Qamisly because fighting keeps growing fiercer. Besides, in late 2012 WFP aid trucks were attacked repeatedly.

The 22-months long conflict has already claimed 60 000 lives, while about 600 000 have left their homes to seek shelter in the neighbouring countries.

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  1. JPR says:

    LIES! This is propaganda. Support Assad against the islamistisk and the colonialists…

  2. JPR says:

    You should check you facts!

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