Rape is a key reason Syrian Refugees fled, report

Rape is one of the primary reasons that Syrian refugees say they fled their country, “a significant and disturbing feature” of the war raging between rebels and Syrian government forces, the International Rescue Committee said Monday. In a new report based on hundreds of interviews in Jordan and Lebanon, the assistance group said refugees recounted […]

Syrian Army Accused of Vicious, Systematic Rape

She speaks haltingly. Telling the story isn’t easy for the 38-year-old Syrian Sunni Muslim, and she won’t be explicit about the physical details that suggest her friend had been raped before dying. Coaxed by her husband, and with her 4-year-old daughter fidgeting by her side, Saima talks quietly of the slaughter of her husband’s first […]

Kafa fighting to protect women from rape and abuse in Lebanon

For 25 years Sahar has been living in fear. From the beginning of her relationship with her husband, she knew something was very wrong. He was intensely jealous, self-centred and would lash out at her for no apparent reason. He and her family refused to let her end the relationship, however. She felt trapped and […]

Libyan rebels: ‘We’re civilized and educated not al-Qaeda’

Until three weeks ago, Gabail Hamad was an engineer for Libya Air. “Look at me, I’m dressed like an imam,” said Hamad, 45, who was wearing a long robe and a white lace prayer hat called a taqiyah. Hamad stood amid dozens of 5-inch artillery shells in Brega, where he was fighting for the rebels […]