Most Syrians fleeing country because of fear of sexual violence

A Syrian woman pictured at the border of Greece and Macedonia. Photo: UNFPA/Nake Batev

Most of the Syrians who are fleeing the war-torn country are doing so because they fear sexual violence; that's according to a senior UN humanitarian coordinator in the region.

The civil war in Syria has driven more than four million people to seek refuge in other countries.

The sexual violence affects both men and women as well as children.

Dr Shible Sahbani is the Humanitarian Coordinator of UN Population Fund (UNFPA) for Jordan and southern Syria.

May Yaacoub asked him for details of the sexual abuse that is taking place.

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