Head of Cyber Crime Bureau Suzan El Hajj (L) and Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas (C) speak to the press during a conference at the Social Affairs Ministry in Badaro, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The Ministry of Social Affairs sparked controversy Wednesday after attendees at a news conference held over the case of the taped child on child abuse -- of nine year old Syrian refugee Khaled at the hands of a two year old Abbas -- accused officials of not providing the necessary protection toward Khaled and his family during the investigation.Attendees at the press conference alleged that the family had no protection, claiming that ever since the incident took place they have been subject to escalating threats from residents of the neighborhood and Abbas's family in particular. One attendee even claimed that she had footage of Abbas' family verbally attacking the Khaled's family, moments before a live broadcast interview was aired. Derbas added that the ministry was willing to offer social protection to the family whether they choose to stay in the neighborhood or relocate somewhere safer.At the start of the conference Derbas said that the Department of Juvenile Protection provided social assistance, assigning psychologists to attend investigations and hear the testimony of the children involved in the incident.The ministry also offered protection for the Syrian family and had serious discussions with the Lebanese family regarding their actions, added the Social Affairs Minister.
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