I en ny rapport fra Amnesty International avdekker organisasjonen alvorlige overgrep mot kvinnelige flyktninger. Under flukten til og gjennom Europa har mange kvinner og jenter opplevd det rene marerittet. Det dreier seg om vold, angrep, utnytting og seksuelle overgrep:
The organization interviewed 40 refugee women and girls in northern Europe last month who travelled from Turkey to Greece and then across the Balkans. All the women described feeling threatened and unsafe during the journey. Many reported that in almost all of the countries they passed through they experienced physical abuse and financial exploitation, being groped or pressured to have sex by smugglers, security staff or other refugees.
“After living through the horrors of the war in Iraq and Syria these women have risked everything to find safety for themselves and their children. But from the moment they begin this journey they are again exposed to violence and exploitation, with little support or protection,” said Tirana Hassan, Amnesty International’s Crisis Response director.
Ifølge kvinnene som er intervjuet ble overgrepene begått av menneskesmuglere, sikkerhetsvakter, politifolk og mannlige flyktninger.
Women and girls travelling alone and those accompanied only by their children felt particularly under threat in transit areas and camps in Hungary, Croatia and Greece, where they were forced to sleep alongside hundreds of refugee men. In some instances women left the designated areas to sleep in the open on the beach because they felt safer there.
Vi har hørt lite så langt om de kvinnelige flyktningenes opplevelser, derfor skal Amnesty ha honnør for å ha snakket med kvinner og jenter på flukt og brakt deres historier fram i lyset.