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Libyan woman alleging rape arrives in US

2011-07-29 16:03

Bucharest - A Libyan woman who accused soldiers loyal to Muammar Gaddafi of raping her arrived to the United States after living for almost two months in a refugee centre in Romania, a UN official said on Friday.

"She arrived to the United States" after leaving Romania on Wednesday morning, Claudia Liute, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Romania, told AFP.

She declined giving further details on Iman Al-Obeidi's location and condition.

Al-Obeidi, 29, attracted international media attention when she stormed into the Rixos hotel in Tripoli on March 26 and threw open her coat to reveal scars and bruises on her body.

She accused forces loyal to Gaddafi of abusing her after she was stopped at a checkpoint in Tripoli.

The woman had come to the emergency refugee transit centre at Timisoara, western Romania, on June 06. The unit hosts refugees pending their relocation to third countries.

Comments
  • JudithNkwe - 2011-07-29 20:22

    I feel so sad that she is stated as "alleging rape". That was her experience, she was raped! When is this abuse of women going to be given dignity? She has been raped again by this statement, which keeps patriarchs secure of their power to continue to abuse women.

      Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-29 20:49

      You seem to have pretty much made up your mind about this alleged rape without any shed of evidence having been produced. The charge of rape as a political weapon was spread -- without evidence -- against Serb forces to justify U.S. plans for the first NATO bombing campaign in the history of the military alliance in 1994 in Bosnia and was used again in 1999 in Serbia in the first NATO occupation. The rape charge was used to soften up the U.S. and European population for the criminal war against Yugoslavia. Now a similar plan is in the works for Libya. You like the media chime in with the "desperate crisis...rape rooms..,. threat of genocide.." rhetoric. These rebels feel no loyalty to the truth in shaping their propaganda. At times of war, I hardly need pointing out that the first casualty of war is truth, cliché or not.

      Lestor - 2011-07-29 20:57

      Well she is "alleging" rape. The state is accurate. Just like before a trail it is an alleged murderer. Without proof that the event took place this is the most accurate way to represent it. Now I agree it does feel wrong, the headline, "Alleging" does have some connotations that imply skepticism which is seem unnecessary here. However the alleged rapist is fine, but the woman alleging rape doesn't seem fine but it is the same thing. This isn't so much sexist comment, more an emotionless one. We have a natural tendency to sympathies with rape victims however lack of sympathy doesn't mean its those damn male patriarchs again. I am not harming this man in my next sentence. "The man alleging theft has entered the court." I am simply stating a fact. That is what this headline is doing. It just doesn't have the emotional baggage normally added to all things rape. And please do not compare this headline to rape. You think you are making this headline sound worse by comparing it to something bad, however what you are really doing is making light of the experiences of rape victims.

      Anton - 2011-07-29 21:03

      Kunta-Kinte, Well, in that case, she should be nominated for an Oscar !!!!

      slg - 2011-07-29 22:55

      It is a well known fact that Gadhafi's forces are raping women into submission. Iman is one of thousands of women going through this horrendous experience as we speak.

      Bernhard Rohrbeck - 2011-07-30 08:17

      slg You must be "Viagra" Hillary. Your lies have been exposed by Amnesty months ago already.

      slg - 2011-07-30 10:59

      Berhnard, same question: please tell us which countries other than Zimbabwe, Cuba and Venezuela believe Gadhafi is not the illegitimate leader of Libya?

      Bernhard Rohrbeck - 2011-07-30 16:53

      slg You keep calling why, why, why. So answers. Elections. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ly.html#top Have a look at this site, you should know this anyhow. Different system, no? Better or worse than the system where you are allowed to vote for some parties each 4, 5 years? Being fooled by some promises nobody seems to remember after elections? In the meantime all you can do is sit back and wait for next elections. Worse, may be better, do you know? Countries calling for demise of Gaddafi and Libyan Government. The countries of the Libyan contact group have been calling for this, yeah. Just tell me what is this group of contact group, who are they, new world government? Who has given them the right to decide anything that should happen in other countries? Are they the next UN Sec Council - by self appointment? Looks more like a fascist group that thinks it is world government.

      slg - 2011-07-30 18:17

      Okay Berhnard, you're now on record, on this South African website whose citizens went through Apartheid and fought for the right to vote, that you oppose the idea of free and fair elections every four or five years for citizens of a country to vote for their leaders. Please now tell us which countries other than Zimbabwe, Cuba and Venezuela believe Gadhafi is not the illegitimate leader of Libya?

      Bernhard Rohrbeck - 2011-07-30 18:32

      slg Whatever argument, it is slg who does the interpretation. Either you can only understand what has been stored to your memory last brainwash, or you try to discredit arguments by interpretation of what is said. In both cases it is time wasted to try to have a conversation with you.

      slg - 2011-07-30 18:48

      You've posted a link above to the Libyan page on the CIA website that describes Libya's current form of government, a dictatorship, and you ask, "better or worse than the system where you are allowed to vote for some parties each 4, 5 years?" Please tell us which countries other than ZImbabwe, Cuba and Venezuela believe Gadhafi is not the illegitimate leader of Libya.

      Anton - 2011-07-30 19:18

      Bernhard, Suppporters of dictators ALWAYS find it difficult to have a conversation. That just does not fit into their way of thinking. ITS EITHER THEIR WORD, OR ,NO, WORD Some supporters of dictators and tyrants used to be reasonable persons. That was untill they got sucked , unaware, in some dumb, unintelligent radical thinking, and start reading ,green, books and other CHILDISH CRAP !!!!

  • meelo - 2011-07-30 07:14

    the headlines sais it all "alleged" And how convenient shes now in the country which wants to invade her alleged home land

      slg - 2011-07-30 07:52

      The US is hardly involved in the Nato missions, which are supported by the Arab League. Just about the entries world is appalled at the actions taken by Gadhafi and his sons against Libyans. Causing the rape into submission of women is but one of those actions.

      Bernhard Rohrbeck - 2011-07-30 08:15

      slg State Sec. Clinton's lies are exposed. "Viagra" Hillary once again tried to use some of the worst man can do to women, in spreading those lies against all of a country. And you know what, in behaving like the US/ Nato did and do, they opened up this cage of insanity for months. And we do not know what is happening in all those "liberated" towns and villages. There have been reports, and truly awful ones. The woman above is being used to push "Viagra" Hillary's lies further on and further on. This tells nothing about what really happened to that woman. Us is hardly involved? Come on, Us is hiding behind Uk and France. Do you want to tell, that this crazy attempt to conquer another country would have been started by Uk and France? What a laugh. Truth is, "Peace" Obama has enough wars, too many, at hand, to "sell" another war in the Us. That's all there is. By the way, if the Us stopped spending for wars, this country could solve it's fiscal problems within 10 years.

      Anton - 2011-07-30 10:14

      Bernhard How can the West stop spending on their military, with people like gaddafi, Chavez, Ahmadinejad, and Kim Jong-il around ? The West does not only protect themselves, but the rest of the world from these lunatics. I am quite sure that we would agree that, and let me put it mildly, muammar gaddafi is an unstable person. Maybe you conveniently forget , that this terrorist, up to a few years ago was busy building a nuclear bomb. it was only by bribing these scum sons of his, that they dismantled this program. You remember, when recently this very plausible story emerged, that gaddafi had given instructions that when the final end game started, to blow up the oil facilities ? That is the mind of a disturbed person. If I can't have her (it ) , nobody will !!!!! Can you just imagine for one moment, this crazed guy, at the present situation, having a nuclear bomb ???? A terrorist, who if a fellow Libyan opposes his sick rule, will put a land mine outside your front door !!!!!!!

      Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-30 10:49

      Perhaps China should bomb the UK back to the stone age, too? They have threatening nuclear weapons, after all, and China's military is more powerful than them, so it would be totally okay. Ask yourself: Which country in the world, from its beginning to the present time, has the bloodiest history of genocide... slavery... invasions... coups, installing and backing brutal regimes... bombings... massacres and mass destruction—including the use of nuclear weapons? Yes... when it comes to terror within its borders and around the world... You serve your masters well by hating Iran,Libya, North Korea and Venezuela because they all "dared" to tell the west to mind their own business. How you scowl, spit and loyally hate, for your western "democracy."

      slg - 2011-07-30 10:57

      Thanks for that peace lover, Kalashnakov bearer. Please explain to us South African why Libyans have been denied the right to vote?

      Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-30 11:15

      Because the Libyans have long realised that being allowed to vote in the "steam-releasing" ritual of voting and ballot boxes is not democracy. One man, one vote, once every 4-5 years is not democracy.

      Anton - 2011-07-30 11:18

      Kunta-Kinte, At times I feel sorry for you. You are such a radical person, and living here in Africa, must make you extremely lonely. Unfortunately, Africa has no appetite for any extremism, There is no political party where you would be welcome, but luckily , you found a few other radicals on this site. There are a few times, where you do talk some sense, and than your next comments are just plain stupid and crazy. Quite frankly, I do not know what to make out of you. You have got this machine gun as your ,logo, Either you are pathetically childish, and maybe walk around at home in camouflage clothing, or sorry to say, you have a little problem ,and there again, you might really be a threat to soceity!!! And than , Oslo, comes to my mind !!

      slg - 2011-07-30 11:19

      I think South Africans are going to find that excuse hard to swallow, having gone through the Apartheid struggle to gain that very right, which by the way is internationally recognized as a basic human right.

      slg - 2011-07-30 11:24

      Anton, Kunta is the commander, hence the Kalashnakov machine-gun image. When Berhnard, Onnest, etc. are tongue-tied, he comes in and tries to work the conversation in the right direction by obfuscating. They live in Tripoli and are paid by Gadhafi. This is their job. They've been given South Africa and this website to work.

      Bernhard Rohrbeck - 2011-07-30 11:26

      Anton I suspect you know nothing, really. All you do, is repeating the same stories, told by consumers media. Have a look at the history of Nato, have a look why this world has capacities in arms and weapons to destroy the world over and over again. Pure insanity, driven by ruthless countries that have exploited earth to a dangerous and heartbreaking extent. What is it about the forest and the trees that you can't see? Believing that 3 or 4 countries are a danger to the whole world but at the same time not seeing where the weapons of mass destruction are amassed. Libya. Either you are lying on purpose or you don't know it better. The scenario that unfolded in Libya was written by the west. CIA has been working for decades on this "project". Gaddafi rhetoric. what do you expect this man to do? Kneel down before Obama and ask for forgiveness for not handing out Libyan wealth? Besides. Before the bombing really started, there were many offers by Libyan government, to have this so desired elections. You know who refused? The West. The question why they refused, please try to answer this for yourself.

      slg - 2011-07-30 11:31

      Bernhard, again, please tell us which countries other than Zimbabwe, Cuba and Venezuela believe Gadhafi is not the illegitimate leader of Libya. And please also explain to us South Africans why Libyans have been denied the right to vote.

      Kunta-Kinte - 2011-07-30 11:41

      South Africans can persue whatever form of governance they desire and the Libyans or anyone else for that matter wouldn't tell us what to do, and we should be able to live with the consequences of our choices.

      slg - 2011-07-30 11:44

      The Libyans cannot. That's the point. They're being denied the right to vote. Please explain again why Libyans have been denied the right to vote. And you're not South African.

      slg - 2011-07-30 11:45

      Berhnard, please answer the questions.

      Anton - 2011-07-30 13:40

      Bernhard, Unfortunaely to the ignorant and blind, one has to repeat and repeat. But your comments are soo strange. Sometimes you actually do talk some sense, and than the next one, you come with such an unbelieveble amount of crap, that I wonder if there are two Bernhard's on this site Like yesterday in one of your comments: "The people are fooled by their ,,self elected leaders" Excuse me ?? Do you think of this crap yourself, or do you find this on one of these many cheap conspiracy sights ????? Are you saying that democracy is not worth having???? Why the heck than , did you not tell this to Mandela and the other ANC leaders. These leaders went to jail and sufferered untold hardships to get democracy in SA. AND NOW YOU SAY, IT WAS NOT WORTH IT. ????? Are you totally INSANE ??

  • Datbrotherfromthestates - 2011-07-30 20:10

    to all of you africans on this site,please do not waste your time with the WHITE RACIST AND BIGOTED LIARS like Anton or Slg. the al-qaeda rebels are now KILLING themselves and some are calling for all of them to drop their arms and return to gadaffi. just yesterday at the funeral of the former Libyan military leader his son gave this demand at the funeral.Younes' son, Ashraf, broke down at his father's graveside, the AP news agency reported. Crying and screaming as Younes' body was lowered into the ground, he reportedly pleaded hysterically for the return of Gaddafi to bring stability. "We want Muammar to come back! We want the green flag back!" he shouted at the crowd, referring to Gaddafi's national banner. Anton,do yourself a favor and stop making yourself look like the boer liar that you are. our govt has seen enough and now know that OBAMA is responsible for defending AL-QAEDA! on monday there will be an emergency session at congress (AGAIN) to vote on ending all cooporation in this illegal war! this time it will pass with UNANIMOUSLY! "WE WANT MUAMAR TO COME BACK,WE WANT THE GREEN FLAG BACK" not even your lies can refute that ANTON!!

      Datbrotherfromthestates - 2011-07-30 20:26

      After 24 hours of confusion, rebel minister Ali Tarhouni has declared that Gen Younes was killed by members of the Obaida Ibn Jarrah Brigade, a militia allied to the rebels and named after one of the companions of the Prophet Mohammad, suggesting that Islamist elements were involved. The assassination of Gen Younes, apparently by his own side, has hurt the opposition just as it was winning broader international recognition and launching an offensive against Gaddafi forces in the west of the country. AS YOU ALL CAN SEE WITH YOUR OWN EYES, ANTON IS A HABITUAL LIAR AND A AFRIKANER OR A BOER! THE REBELS ARE AL-QAEDA! AMERICA AND NATO KNOWS THIS BUT WANT TO IMPLEMENT REGIME CHANGE IN LIBYA TO STEAL THE RESOURCES OF THAT COYUNTRY!

      slg - 2011-07-30 23:05

      Datbrother, please explain to us South Africans, who went through Apartheid, why Libyans are being denied the right to vote.

      Datbrotherfromthestates - 2011-07-31 00:39

      Slg, first off,the Libyans had NO PROBLEM WITH GADAFFI! the people who are revolting against him are all AL-QAEDA TERRORIST! do you think that AL-QAEDA is revolting to embrace the same democracy that they hate and dispise? here is your evidence that the rebels are all al-qaeda! THE gunmen who shot dead the Libyan rebels' military chief, Abdul Fattah Younes, were members of an Islamist-linked militia allied to the campaign to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi, according to a National Transitional Council minister. After 24 hours of confusion surrounding the death, rebel minister Ali Tarhouni said yesterday General Younes had been killed by members of the Obaida Ibn Jarrah Brigade. ''It was not him. His lieutenants did it,'' Mr Tarhouni said, adding that the killers were still at large. The rebels' top leader, Mustapha Abdul-Jalil, had earlier suggested the general had been killed by an ''armed gang''. The bodies of General Younes and three of his aides were found outside Benghazi. Slg,how much longer will you and the rest of the white liars in south africa continue to tell one lie after the next only to be proven what I know you already are? the AL-QAEDA freedom loving revolters in egypt are attacking ISRAEL as I type! you got duped you fool! these are all AL-QAEDA INSPIRED REVOLTS!

      slg - 2011-07-31 01:11

      I'm not seeing an answer to the question why Libyans are being denied the right to vote.

  • Datbrotherfromthestates - 2011-07-30 20:51

    BENGHAZI, Libya — The Libyan rebels' military commander was killed by his comrades while in custody after he was arrested by the opposition's leadership on suspicion of treason, witnesses said Friday, in a sign of disarray that posed a major setback for the movement battling Moammar Gadhafi. The slaying of Abdel-Fattah Younis raised fear and uncertainty in Benghazi, the de facto rebel capital. Thousands marched behind his coffin, wrapped in the rebels' tricolor flag, to the graveyard for his burial, chanting that he was a martyr "beloved by God." Troops fired a military salute as the coffin arrived, and angry and grieving supporters fired wildly into the air with automatic weapons. At the graveside, Younis' son, Ashraf, broke down, crying and screaming as they lowered the body into the ground and — in a startling and risky display in a city that was the first to shed Gadhafi's rule nearly six months ago — pleaded hysterically for the return of the Libyan leader to bring stability. "We want Moammar to come back! We want the green flag back!" he shouted at the crowd, referring to Gadhafi's national banner. Younis' slaying appeared to shake both the rebels' leadership body, the National Transitional Council, and its Western allies, who have heavily backed the rebels controlling most of eastern Libya.

      slg - 2011-07-30 23:06

      Please divulge the source, and as above, please explain to us why Libyans are being denied the right to vote.

      Datbrotherfromthestates - 2011-07-31 00:58

      fresh off the wire SLG... Islamists blamed for killing General Abdel Fattah Younes as Libya's rebels face up to enemy within The credibility of Libya's rebels suffered a blow when they were forced to acknowledge that Islamists within their ranks killed their chief battlefield commander last week Their admission that the shadowy Abu Obeida al-Jarrah Brigade was behind the assassination of Gen Abdel Fattah Younes has raised concern that religious elements within the rebellion have now acquired considerably greater influence than previously thought. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8673021/Islamists-blamed-for-killing-General-Abdel-Fattah-Younes-as-Libyas-rebels-face-up-to-enemy-within.html ARE YOU BIGOTS FROM APARTHEID THAT RACIST THAT YOU WOULD RATHER SEE AL-QAEDA IN CHARGE IN LIBYA OVER GADAFFI? GUESS WHAT? THE BRITISH PEOPLE DO NOT AGREE WITH YOU BOER BIGOTS! TO THE ANC, HURRY UP AND REMOVE THESE BIGOTS FROM YOUR COUNTRY AND CONTINENT!

      Datbrotherfromthestates - 2011-07-31 01:01

      DEMOCRACY IS A LIE AND A SHAM SLG! democracy as you can see in libya is nothing more and nothing less than modern day imperialism and colonialism disguised in the form of democratic rights and GADAFFI KNOWS THAT! HOW GREAT CAN DEMOCRACY BE FOR THE PEOPLE OF LIBYA IF NATO IS KNOWINGLY DEFENDING AL-QAEDA JUST TO REMOVE GADFFI? I am an american,I have seen first hand what so called democracy is. the whites here are doing everything that they can to kick the mexicans out of this country since they sided with the black people here and put obama into office! keep your white democracy, the people of africa will keep their resources!

      slg - 2011-07-31 01:19

      Should Libyans have the right to vote and elect their leaders?

      Datbrotherfromthestates - 2011-07-31 01:30

      READ THIS AGAIN IF YOU CANT UNDERSTAND IT? DEMOCRACY IS A LIE AND A SHAM SLG! democracy as you can see in libya is nothing more and nothing less than modern day imperialism and colonialism disguised in the form of democratic rights and GADAFFI KNOWS THAT! HOW GREAT CAN DEMOCRACY BE FOR THE PEOPLE OF LIBYA IF NATO IS KNOWINGLY DEFENDING AL-QAEDA JUST TO REMOVE GADFFI? I am an american,I have seen first hand what so called democracy is. the whites here are doing everything that they can to kick the mexicans out of this country since they sided with the black people here and put obama into office! keep your white democracy, the people of africa will keep their resources! .............. WHAT GOOD IS DEMOCRACY IF NATO IS TRYING TO INSTALL AL-QAEDA TERRORIST AS THE LEADERS OF LIBYA! KEEP DEMOCRACY AND THE RIGHT TO VOTE TO WHITE COUNTRIES IF THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY MEANS TO YOU WHITES DUDE! as you can see with your own eyes,the right to vote means NOTHING to white countries when it comes to GLOBAL RESOURCES! THE RIGHT TO VOTE MEANS NOTHING!

      Datbrotherfromthestates - 2011-07-31 02:15

      FRESH FROM EGYPT ANTON!! "One of the largest crowds to fill the square since the popular uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak in February was dominated by demands for Islamic sharia law. Instead of "Peaceful, peaceful," which demonstrators have chanted during confrontations with security forces, they repeated "Islamic, Islamic." A chant "The people want to topple the regime" was replaced by "The people want to implement Sharia

      slg - 2011-07-31 04:49

      Got it. You do not support the right of citizens of a country to vote. You favor dictatorships. All South Africans reading this website, that Datbrother opposes the essential aim of the Apartheid struggle, which was one-person-one-vote. I don't think this is going to go down well here, Datbrother. This is a South Africa website. We went through enormous pain and struggle to get that right, and it is deeply cherished. It's the same right that the new generation of Libyans are demanding and defending themselves for.

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