Alleged Rape Victim In Libya Fears For Her Life
Eman al-Obeidy, the woman who bust into a hotel housing journalists saying she was raped, only to be dragged away by the Libyan government, spoke with CNN’s Anderson Cooper Monday night.
In two telephone interviews with CNN’s “AC360,” al-Obeidy spoke about her alleged abuse. At times in tears, at other times defiant, she recalled men pouring alcohol into her eyes and repeatedly using rifles to sodomize her. Al-Obeidy said has since been stopped trying to leave Libya and that she has nightmares.
“My life is in danger, and I call on all human rights organization … to expose the truth and to let me leave now. I am being held hostage here,” she said. “They have threatened me with death and told me I will never leave prison again, if I go to the journalists or tell them anything about what’s happening in Tripoli.”
Al-Obeidy said she spent 72 hours under interrogation after being dragged away from the Tripoli hotel where she tried to tell journalists about her alleged abuse.
Interrogators poured water on her face and threw food at her during the relentless questioning, which ended only after she was examined by a doctor to prove she had been raped, al-Obeidy said. “And when the test came, it verified that I was raped and tortured … then I was freed.”
Al-Obeidy says she was raped by 15 men.
“They had my hands tied behind me, and they had my legs tied, and they would hit me, while I was tied and bite me in my body. And they would pour alcohol in my eyes so that I would not be able to see and they would sodomize me with their rifles, and they would not let us go to the bathroom. We were not allowed to eat or drink,” she told CNN’s “AC360,” speaking through a translator.
She is staying with her sister and says when she leaves the house she’s taken to the police, who then release her because they don’t know what to do with her, as she hasn’t committed a crime.Click here for reuse options!
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