Eman al- Obeidi: One Woman Embodies Libya’s Struggle

The unbelievable story of Eman al-Obeidi, the Libyan woman and lawyer, who is accusing embattled Libyan leader Gaddafi’s soldiers of gang-raping her, continues to develop in horrifying detail.

After al-Obeidi famously stormed into the hotel in Tripoli where foreign journalists were staying to let the world know about her assault, she disappeared for more than a week, with Libyan authorities telling conflicting stories of her whereabouts while her parents defended their daughter’s reputation and story.

The government failed to produce al-Obeidi as planned on a scheduled press conference earlier this week, but NPR managed to secure an interview with her followed by CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

I am including the interview below because this woman’s bravery, strength and courage not only speak for itself, but her fight for her dignity and rights has become a larger metaphor for the ongoing struggle of both Libya and her people. I cannot stop thinking about how brave she is for constantly refusing to be silenced in the face of such torture and intimidation.

Written by AnushaysPoint

Political Journalist and Commentator based in Washington, DC.

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