I am sure that many of you have, by this point, heard the latest news on Eman al-Obeidy. In case you don’t yet know the name, she is the alleged rape victim who burst into a room of foreign reporters in Libya almost two weeks ago to tell her story of gang rape at the hands of Gaddafi’s men. Click here for the background.
The news, I must say, has been diligent in its efforts to monitor the situation surrounding her case. CNN’s Nic Robertson interviewed Eman this week. The Gaddafi regime requested that the interview not air until it had time to review the video. But the deadline passed, with no objections from the regime, and the air waves opened.
She may not be speaking english but the strength of Eman is evident; her resolve palpable. Saadi Gaddafi, the son of Colonol Gaddafi, met with Eman this week, too, and commented on what a “strong woman” she is. He has made a promise to help her with her case, reports CNN. Forgive me if I am skeptical.
In her interview with Robertson, Eman tells of the crimes committed against her – and her attempts to gather evidence during the attack by taking pictures. This only fueled the Libyan media fire, reporters criticizing her for “showing her body.” Eman also went to the prosecutor in the hopes of convincing him to take on her case. He not only refused but also threatened her life.
Eman wants three things: that she be allowed to clear her name, that her abusers are prosecuted and that she be reunited with her family in the eastern city of Tobruk.