European refugee camps unable to protect children from sexual predators among them

Children in European refugee camps are being sexually assaulted by their own people.

Human rights groups have reported that the camps in Greece set up for Middle Eastern refugees are dens of pedophilia with children too terrified to leave their tents at night, the Observer reported.

And it’s not only children.

The abuse is so bad that women are said to be afraid to even go to the bathroom alone at night, according to the Observer.

One volunteer reported that an Iraqi family had to be moved for their safety after their daughter was assaulted.

“The parents are still in disbelief over what happened. A man from one of the ‘mafia’ groups asked their seven-year-old daughter into their tent to play games on his phone and then zipped up the tent,” he said. “She came back with marks on her arms and neck. Later the girl described how she was sexually abused. It has scarred a seven-year-old child for life.”

Anita Dullard, of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said the government has been made aware of the rise in sexual violence at the camps.

“It’s really hard for the unaccompanied minors – 16- and 17-years-olds – to survive. It’s the survival of the fittest in there. In the evening and night it’s impossible to find them [children] because they are hiding in the tents. The women are afraid. They complain that during the night and evening they cannot go to the toilet alone. They have all heard of reports of others being attacked,” Anna Chiara Nava of Médecins Sans Frontières in Thessaloniki told the Observer.

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