Nasser speaks on the phone outside his house in Marjayoun, Friday, Dec. 10, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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The father of a Syrian refugee child who was repeatedly raped in south Lebanon said Friday the suspected perpetrator was a close family friend.Sheikh later became a "close friend," the father said, adding that the man used to make regular visits to the family's house in the southern town. Nasser alleged that Sheikh raped his son while his wife was busy working in the kitchen, adding: "I sensed that my son was sad and depressed for a while, but I thought he was just sick". He said he learned about his son's abuse by accident. A statement from the Social Affairs Ministry said that the child, whom it described as the victim of a "monstrous sexual assault," had been placed in the care of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees since Tuesday.The UNHCR said in its weekly update on Syrian refugees in Lebanon that the organization and its partners had provided health care and mental support to the victim.
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