Child sex in Greece refugee camps

Sunday, 14 August, 2016 - 19:45

Charities and human rights groups warn that children as young as seven have been subjected to sexual assault at official European refugee camps in Greece.

Citing the campaign groups, British weekly The Observer reported on Saturday that some refugee camps in Greece were so unsafe that youngsters were too afraid to leave their tents at night.

In the Sofex facility run by the Greek government and situated on the outskirts of the northern city of Thessaloniki, the level of sexual abuse risk is so acute that women are terrified to go to toilets alone at night, according to the aid organizations.

Yvette Cooper MP, chairwoman of the British Labour party’s refugee taskforce, has stressed that the recent findings about the situation in refugee shelters “should shame us all,” urging immediate action to protect vulnerable kids.

Meanwhile, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) confirmed that it had raised the issue with Greek authorities.