NPR has the first hand account of the Libyan woman who was assaulted and raped by government forces. It’s here.
More than two weeks ago, Iman al-Obeidi burst into a Tripoli hotel and told assembled journalists there that she had been gang-raped by members of forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi after being stopped at a checkpoint in the capital. NPR’s Lourdes Garcia-Navarro snuck out of her guarded hotel Monday with another reporter and went to visit Obeidi at her home. They were the first reporters to independently speak with her in person. Because journalists are unable to report freely in Tripoli, NPR cannot verify her claims.
I have to admit that some of it raised questions in my mind. Why would soldiers let her leave the compound? Why would the other woman untie her and then stay behind? It’s a terrible story but in many respects it raises red flags.
- Libyan woman claiming rape will face charges (dailycaller.com)
- Iman Al-Obeidi: “Every Day I Am Beaten” (NPR audio) (boingboing.net)
- Death Threats for Woman Who Claimed Rape (time.com)