by Sarah Chynoweth
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), October 2017
The study into sexual violence against men and boys in the Syria crisis indicates that this violence may be far more widespread than previously understood. UNHCR’s study involved several dozen informants and focus group discussions with some 196 refugees in Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan and mainly conducted in late 2016. Those interviewed for the study provided shocking accounts of what they, or others known to them had experienced. Several spoke of severe and debilitating violence, including weapons being used to sexually assault. Much of this was reported as occurring in detention or makeshift prisons.