RRDP: Girls concern violence and rape in refugee camps


Girls in refugee camps stay in concern of violence, together with rape, in line with a report in regards to the adversities feminine asylum-seekers face in Greece.

The research revealed on Tuesday by the Refugee Rights Information Venture (RRDP) discovered that ladies had been uncovered to risks together with gender-based violence, abuse by authorities, and sexual harassment.

Researchers from the UK-based organisation spoke to greater than 300 refugees and assist employees in 9 camps and residences late final 12 months.

They discovered incidences of rape, compelled prostitution, compelled marriage, and trafficking, with youthful refugees notably affected.

Perpetrators included fellow refugees and volunteers, the research mentioned.

An NGO employee interviewed mentioned that at one casual camp in Athens, nearly no safety measures existed to guard girls, who had been at “fixed threat” of sexual violence.

The camps are run by the Greek authorities and native NGOs, however some are casual and run by refugees themselves.

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Greater than 46 % of ladies advised researchers that they didn’t really feel secure residing within the camps, and 69 % mentioned they lived in dwellings that didn’t have a safe lock.

Many mentioned they had been afraid to go to bathrooms at evening, as a result of poor lighting within the camps made them susceptible to assault.

“I’m afraid of the snakes and the rats, the wild pigs … I’m afraid of a number of the individuals,” one lady advised the researchers.

‘Secure areas’ required

Marta Welander, RRDP director, advised Al Jazeera that European governments ought to assist survivors of abuse and be certain that applicable measures are put in place to guard refugees within the first place.

“[The report] exposes a essential absence of sufficient medical and psychosocial help for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, and highlights the necessity for devoted ‘secure areas’ inside all camps,” she mentioned.

“It’s solely unacceptable that Europe is failing to offer sufficient safety and meet minimal requirements for susceptible girls and ladies.”

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Roland Schoenbauer, a spokesperson for the UNHCR, which supplies help on the bottom to refugees, mentioned the organisation was involved at studies of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in Greece.

“Each time such studies happen, authorities ought to proceed with an instantaneous and thorough investigation,” he mentioned.

“SGBV is carefully linked to substandard residing circumstances in areas accommodating refugees. Many websites weren’t set as much as stop or reply to such dangers, contributing to the rise of threat and vulnerability,” he defined additional.

Schoenbauer mentioned native authorities ought to take “daring motion” to stop such incidents and referred to as for additional coaching to assist help employees counsel survivors of abuse.

“UNHCR and companions have developed initiatives such because the Blue Dots to offer a single level for referral to applicable service suppliers, secure areas for ladies and youngsters, and entry to medical and authorized companies,” he mentioned.

Well being issues

Along with security, greater than three-quarters of the ladies interviewed mentioned they’d skilled well being issues since arriving on the camps, with a majority attributing their circumstances to the bodily and psychological strains of residing in them.

About 95 % of ladies mentioned they’d skilled despair, with half saying they felt depressed on a regular basis, in line with the RRDP research.

The NGO mentioned residents of the camps lived in unsanitary circumstances with out entry to essential reproductive well being companies.

Roughly 1 / 4 of the residents mentioned they didn’t know the place to entry companies in the event that they turned pregnant and 88 % mentioned they didn’t the place to acquire contraceptives.

After northern European and Balkan states closed off their borders to cease refugees getting into their nations, many stay in makeshift and formal settlements in Greece, the primary EU nation they enter.

Their presence has stoked anger from the far-right and left them susceptible to criminals.

The refugees are primarily concentrated close to the Macedonian border and in Athens. 

Greater than 173,000 individuals arrived in Greece as refugees in 2016, in line with the UNHCR.

Supply: Al Jazeera