Okay, this is one of those articles that – if you’re like me – will get your blood boiling. You’ll wonder: Why do women have to suffer like this? When will the world recognize the horrific, often tortuous, treatment of women? When will it come into its consciousness?
“Look at what Gaddafi’s militias did to me,” Eman al-Obaidi screamed with tears in her eyes, pulling up her coat to show blood on her upper leg.
After being intimidated by security men and hotel staff, who also beat journalists trying to interview her in the restaurant of the hotel, she was bundled into a car and driven away.
Obaidi said she had been arrested at a checkpoint in Tripoli because she was from the city of Benghazi, bastion of the insurgency against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s rule.
Obaidi, who appeared to be in her 30s and was wearing a loose black coat, slippers and a scarf, said she had been raped by 15 men and held for two days. Her face was badly bruised.
“They swore at me and they filmed me. I was alone. There was whisky. I was tied up,” she said, weeping and stretching out her arms to show the scars.
“They peed on me. They violated my honor.”