Libyan woman bursts into hotel to tell her story of rape

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  1. belimom

    belimom Our lives begin to end the day we become silent ab

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    I know there is as thread on Libya in the political forum about Libya in general right now, but I thought this story deserved it's on thread (ETA: as a crime, not a political issue...). Just awful... :no:

     
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  3. peeples

    peeples New Member

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    She's probably no longer alive now :( :(
     
  4. believe09

    believe09 Active Member

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    They let her be taken away?
     
  5. peeples

    peeples New Member

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    the journalists were wrestled to the ground and had their cameras smashed, also someone pulled a gun and a hotel worker pulled a knife.... sounds like complete chaos...
    At least her story is "out there". Which is seems like she was trying to do :(
     
  6. Tinsamd

    Tinsamd Justice for Shaniya!!!!

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    She's in Wikipedia! Bless her heart!! :-(

    And if she was "drunk"... Wouldn't it have been at the hands of the 15 men that held her captive & raped her for 2 days!?!?

    H*ll, why would that even matter, if 15 men held me captive & raped me for 2 days, yeah, I think that a drink would sound nice & would probably give me the courage I needed to tell my story.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eman_al-Obaidi

    I know that things are different over there, I just wish that women around the world weren't labeled as drunks, or mentally challenged for coming forward when a crime has been committed against them.

    I hope she's alive. I really do. And, I hope they find the friends that she is speaking of!!!
     
  7. belimom

    belimom Our lives begin to end the day we become silent ab

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    They couldn't do anything. The press is not allowed to leave that hotel without official gov't escorts. When it happened, some members of the media were attacked, cameras taken, etc. CNN's camera was smashed. They basically didn't want any pictures/recordings of it to be released, obviously. But the press members there were completely powerless...

    ETA: From my original link above:

     
  8. bessie

    bessie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    This is so disturbing. I can't stand to think about what will happen to that poor woman now. Thank goodness that little snippet of tape was spared. She has a face, and the world has seen it. The image adds to the impact of the story. It might aid in pumping up the pressure against the Libyan government to ensure her safekeeping. :praying:
     
  9. SuziQ

    SuziQ Well-Known Member

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    My heart is breaking. Where is she now?
     
  10. believe09

    believe09 Active Member

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    Thank you belimom-I realize the reposters were manhandled. I am just trying to make sense-a room full of international press/journalists including a crew from CNN...they were manhandled and their equipment smashed.

    Honestly, and I am just saying this from a place of frustration and rage, did they think that there was a chance these folks would massacre a group of international journalists had they decided they would not let her be taken? I am just asking.

    ETA: If these journalists could not ensure the safety of one Libyan who had the courage to step forward, well I would say that Momar just scored a really big point with his people. I am not blaming them-I just think Momar showed the world who has the final say here.

    I hope that changes.
     
  11. not_my_kids

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    I agree that she likely is no longer alive. I hope that the end came quickly, as that's the only possible thing I can realistically hope for. I am sure she knew the risk of telling her story, and I hope she is at peace.
     
  12. Tinsamd

    Tinsamd Justice for Shaniya!!!!

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    Wow, you know, that Wikipedia article has been updated since I last saw it yesterday, which is when I think it went up.. It now states that Eman al-Obaidi is a Libyan lawyer, which was not on there yesterday.

    Seems a far cry away from hinting that someone is a prostitute! (Please see article below)

    It was also updated to state:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eman_al-Obaidi

    I am holding onto hope that she's alive.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...im-opens-rare-window-into-regime-2254752.html

     
  13. Tinsamd

    Tinsamd Justice for Shaniya!!!!

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    They are saying now that she is in fact alive, & is free with her family!
    http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/gaddafi-s-men-urinated-on-me-1.1047954

    http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/03/27/libya.beaten.woman/

    Lord, I hope that she is safe!!!

     
  14. belimom

    belimom Our lives begin to end the day we become silent ab

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    Great news! I'm still worried about her safety, however. I hope she doesn't mysteriously disappear or end up dead... Praying for her safety.
     
  15. Tinsamd

    Tinsamd Justice for Shaniya!!!!

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    Me too. I agree with you 100%.

    I really want for it to be true.
     
  16. belimom

    belimom Our lives begin to end the day we become silent ab

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    It is appalling how females are treated there when things like this happen. I hope she is indeed safely released but I doubt it. Why, in a hotel full of international journalists and these "minders" (thugs) are there no allied security personnel to protect them? They were left to try to protect the woman and themselves against these armed jerks! Of course something like this could easily happen there - where were our troops...or even just a private security detail??
     
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    Unfortunately I think it is far more likely that she is being pressured to recant. How terrified she must be now...after first having been brutalized and now likely having a military presence still around her...
     
  19. belimom

    belimom Our lives begin to end the day we become silent ab

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    Bless this woman... This saddens me but doesn't surprise me.

     
  20. Charlie09

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    It is criminal, it is also political. I wish more was reported on how women are treated in Islamic countries. This is why elections are important...and what the goal actually is in Libya - an even more stringent Islamic ruling party, or a fairly secular dictator?
     
  21. Tinsamd

    Tinsamd Justice for Shaniya!!!!

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    I can't say that I'm surprised either...

    Maybe I was just too hopeful on this one... Not sure why. Maybe because of all of the attention she drew to herself with the reporters; I figured, well certainly she'll be freed, everyone knows about what happened to her.

    Bless her & her parents as well for standing up for her.

    I hope there is a positive outcome for her, although I'm not sure as to what that may be.

    I hope she gets justice without having to compromise herself any further.
     

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