Women in refugee camps wear nappies to stop them being sexually assaulted

Harley Tamplin:

TOPSHOT – A woman holds her baby on her arms as she sits on the ground among tents at the port of Piraeus, where nearly 1,500 refugees and migrants live at a makeshift camp or in passenger areas, in Athens on July 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Angelos Tzortzinis (Photo credit should read ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Refugee women stranded in camps in Greece have resorted to wearing adult nappies at night to prevent them from being sexually assaulted. Shocking conditions discovered by charity CARE International revealed how some women choose to wear a nappy rather than risk simply going to the toilet.

It emphasises how dangerous life is for women and children at the refugee camps across Europe. Researchers from the charity spoke with women in the camps, and the information was published in the study ‘Left behind: How the world is failing women and girls on refugee family reunion’. The study read: ‘Lighting is poor at night and there are no safe and protected toilet and bathroom facilities for women, so that for some women it is preferable to wear a nappy at night rather than to risk going out to the toilets.

‘These conditions clearly put women in danger of sexual and gender-based violence as well as exposing them to risk of illness and psychological harm. ‘Women are also vulnerable to sexual exploitation and abuse, with networks of prostitution and survival sex existing in and around the hotspots.’

People walk between tents at a makeshift camp after night’s rainfall near the Greek village of Idomeni at the Greek-Macedonian border, on March 4, 2016, where thousands of migrants and refugees are stranded. As the diplomatic efforts went into high gear ahead of a March 7 summit between the EU and Turkey, the human misery along the Greek-Macedonia border worsened after a night of driving rain and plummeting temperatures. The humanitarian crisis is particularly acute at the Idomeni crossing where around 12,000 people are stranded after Austria and the Balkan states imposed a cap on entries, triggering a rapidly-growing buildup in Greece. / AFP / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The charity added that single women, mothers and pregnant women are often forced to share tents with strangers. Levels of hygiene are appalling, CARE International added.

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