Former checkpoint officer reports rape of a mother and daughter

A former Syrian security forces officer, now living in a refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan, told NPR that he was working at a checkpoint when security forces officers pulled a man from his car to be interrogated, then entered the car with the man’s wife and daughter.

“We heard shouting and crying from the car,” the former soldier told NPR. “Especially the little one, the sister.”

The man says that the next day, the officers who’d entered the car “bragged that they’d raped the women.”

The date of the alleged rapes are unknown. NPR broadcast its report on April 9, 2012. Because Syrian government officials currently refuse to allow access to journalists, researchers, and aid workers, Women Under Siege cannot independently verify this report of sexualized violence in Syria.

Source: Women Under Siege

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