Horrors of sexual violence against Syrian boys and men revealed

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Sexual violence and torture of men and boys in Syria by multiple parties to the conflict appears to be far more widespread than previously thought. © UNHCR/Dominic Nahr

Disturbing details have emerged of a little-known side to the Syrian conflict: sexual violence against boys and men.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) report into the abuse was published on Wednesday, after more than 200 interviews in Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan.

Spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told Daniel Johnson that the abuse is perpetrated inside the country as a weapon of war, and outside Syria too, by opportunists who take advantage of vulnerable refugees.

Duration: 2’53″

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