March 30th, 2011
03:00 PM ET

Enraged mother stands by daughter, allegedly raped by Gadhafi's men

Reza Sayah

Tobruk, Libya (CNN) - Like everyone else, Aisha Ahmad watched the riveting drama unfold in a Tripoli hotel as a desperate woman burst into a dining room filled with journalists, sobbing, screaming, wanting the world to know she had been raped by 15 of Moammar Gadhafi's militia men.

The arresting images of how swiftly the woman, Eman al-Obeidy, 29, and the journalists were stifled stirred viewers around the world. But perhaps none more so than Ahmad.

This was her daughter. And she was enraged.

Just weeks before, Ahmad might have wept in silence. But now, with war engulfing Libya and its future hanging in the balance, Ahmad feared Gadhafi no more.

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  1. Brian Bronk

    shame on you anderson! using this rape story, 3 DAYS now, to elicit emotion, outrage, and propaganda for our being in libya. there's a large scandal in our own military – where's the outrage over that? only when it serves political interest?

    'I reported the rape within 30 minutes – then watched my career implode'
    Suzanne Goldenberg reports on the scandal of unpunished sexual assault within the US army.

    anderson cooper? no soup for you!!!!

    March 30, 2011 at 11:44 pm |