A general view of the southern town of Marjayoun, Lebanon, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. (Mohammed Zaatari/The Daily Star)
BEIRUT: A Syrian child who was sexually assaulted by a man reported to be suffering from AIDS is undergoing medical checkups and psychiatric evaluation, the Social Affairs Ministry said Friday.
A statement from the Ministry said that the child, whom it described as the victim of a “monstrous sexual assault" in the southern town of Marjayoun, has been placed in the care of the United Nations Higher Commission for Refugees since Tuesday.
“He is undergoing medical checkups and a psychiatric follow-up and there will be ongoing efforts to help the child and his family overcome this calamity,” the statement said.
A Syrian worker was arrested in Marjayoun for allegedly sexually assaulting a four-year-old boy who is a Syrian refugee, security sources told The Daily Star Thursday.
The man worked for the boy’s family after they fled Syria and sought refuge in south Lebanon.
Media reports said the man suffered from AIDS and might have infected the boy with the HIV virus.
The statement said caretaker Social Affairs Minister Wael Abu Faour has contacted relevant security and judicial agencies but that they have not yet confirmed whether the assailant suffered from AIDS.
Caretaker Health Minister Ali Hassan Khalil has also asked the Marjayoun state hospital to support the victim and his family at the behest of Abu Faour, the statement said.
It added that the Ministry has sent a psychiatric and social support team to assess the condition of the child and his family.
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