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April 1st, 2011
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Allegations of rape in Libya: Getting Eman Al-Obeidy's story out

By Back|Story staff, CNN International and CNN's Reza Sayah in Libya

You'll remember she tried to tell her story to international journalists in a Tripoli hotel on March 26th. She said she'd been brutally gang-raped by 15 of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s troops.

Eman Al-Obeidy was taken away by Gadhafi loyalists. She hasn’t been seen since. A Libyan government spokesman says she's alive. He promised that female journalists would be allowed to interview her in the next couple of days.

Reza Sayah traveled many hours by car to visit the woman’s family and interview them to get their side of the story. Click on the above video to watch the full segment with Reza’s Back|Story. Reza just sent this note on the latest he has on the story:

 “The mother says she still hasn’t heard from Eman. She’s aware of the regime’s promise to have two journalists interview her on Saturday. Her mother says she’s suspicious of the regime and worried that this is another plan by the regime to discredit her daughter and depict her in a bad light.”

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  1. Emmanuel

    Why is it so difficult for U.N or any international community to come to Al-Obeidy aid? Why do U.N always have to WAIT till numerous are dead before they react? Alot of people that cannot be accounted for are dead. Please help us broadcast the slumbering of the U.N. Thank to CNN.

    April 3, 2011 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bruggen Marc

    I agree with Emmanuel, the UN is always to late.
    The UN was created to protect people who were unable to protect themselves against aggressors.
    They talk a lot but do little, while many people die needlessly.
    Look at Rwanda, Yugoslavia etc.

    Most of the people the UN are there for the money and not to help the people in need.
    Most of them are politicians who want a well paid job just before retirement.
    And if a UN VIP is looking in a country where there is a need, then they have a row of 4×4's and a lot of security people, then I wonder what costs it all and should that VIP better be left at home and use the money to help the people.

    The UN is: "Lots of money wasted on a few individuals rather useful for many"

    Bye bye from Belgium.

    P.S.: YAY my first comment on the Backstory blog!!

    April 4, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |