Did you know we’re celebrating our 20th Anniversary as the 1st American News Agency exclusively covering the Middle East?

  • The Middle East landscape is changing rapidly.
  • The roads in the region open to new possibilities.
  • The Media Line continues to pave the way to a far greater understanding of the region’s land, people, policies and governments through our trusted, fact-based news.

We’re an independent, ad-free, non-profit news agency and rely on friends like you!

Please make your gift today as we have a most generous matching 2:1 grant.
Thank you!

We paved the way to be the Trusted Mid East News you can rely on!

We’re an independent, ad-free, non-profit news agency and rely on friends like you!

For those observing, may we wish you a healthy, safe, and sweet 5781.

Investigation Finds Syrian Women Being Sexually Exploited In Return For Aid

According to a report, “Voices from Syria 2018,” Syrian women are being sexually exploited on a large scale by men delivering aid on behalf of the United Nations and international charities. The survey found that humanitarian workers have been trading food for sexual favors, for example, a practice so widespread that some Syrian women have altogether stopped going to aid distribution centers over fear they will be abused. Conducted by the United Nations Population Fund, the investigation uncovered examples of “women or girls marrying officials for a short period of time for ‘sexual services’ in order to receive meals,” and distributors offering assistance “in exchange for services, such as spending a night with them.” According to the authors, despite warnings about such sexual abuse three years ago little effort has been made to curb its incidence. The revelations come just days after a former high-level UN official, Andrew MacLeod, publicly called on the global body to be more transparent about sexual abuse by its aid workers, which he said has claimed as many as 60,000 victims over the past decade. That accusation coincided with the leak of an internal inquiry by Oxfam—an international confederation of 20 non-governmental bodies—which found that some of its staff members sent to Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake engaged in criminal behavior ranging from sexual abuse to fraud.

Invest in the
Trusted Mideast
News source.
We are on the
front lines.

Personalize Your News
Upgrade your experience by choosing the categories that matter most to you.
Click on the icon to add the category to your Personalize news
Browse Categories and Topics
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.