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April 4th, 2011
09:01 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Alleged Libyan Rape Victim Speaks Out

Eman al-Obeidy rushed into a hotel in Tripoli, Libya, on March 26 and told journalists she had been raped by Gadhafi loyalists.

Eman al-Obeidy rushed into a hotel in Tripoli, Libya, on March 26 and told journalists she had been raped by Gadhafi loyalists.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

The Libyan woman who said she was raped by pro-Gadafi forces is talking to AC360°. Tonight you'll hear from Eman al-Obeidy, a remarkably brave woman.

The world got to know al-Obeidy on March 26 when she burst into a Tripoli hotel full of foreign journalists and told them she was gang raped and tormented by Gadhafi forces. Her emotional story led to a tense showdown. The journalists tried to get her story, while hotel workers revealed they were government agents and verbally assaulted her and other government officials eventually dragged her away.

Tonight she shares what she's faced these past 10 days. It's a frightening story and one we feel must be told.

She has a message for the United States and the rest of the world about her country.

"We are a peaceful people. And we are not members of al Qaeda. We are simple people and moderate Muslims," al-Obeidy told Anderson by telephone.

"We are not asking for anything, but our freedom and our dignity," she added.

The Libyan government has twiced claimed al-Obeidy was released to her family. Twice the family said they were lying. We're Keeping Them Honest.

We're also following developments on the battle for control of Libya. The envoy sent by Gadhafi to Britain is peddling the idea that one of the embattled leader's sons could become his successor, a source close to the talks tells CNN.

Under the proposal, Saif al-Islam, 38, would take control of Libya, the source said.

We'll talk it over with CNN's Nic Robertson in Tripoli.

We'll also update you on Japan's nuclear crisis. Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are dumping about 11,500 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean in an effort to stop a leak.

A Japanese government official called the move "unavoidable."

11,500 tons is about 3 million gallons of water.

We'll get details on this effort from Michael Friedlander, a former senior nuclear power plant operator.

We also have an update on that dog that was found alive on Friday in rubble floating at sea for three weeks.

Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET.


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Brian Chalmers

    Is it feasible to pump contaminated water into sealed barges, and take them to the artic and freeze them until the water can be decontaminated.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:50 am |
  2. allan

    i dont beleive this story

    April 5, 2011 at 1:48 am |
  3. Amaka

    Hi Anderson...
    Thanks for reporting on this story. First, if this young woman was raped, God sees and that's if she's telling the truth.

    Secondly, Gadhafi i believe is obviously not responsible for the 'rape' of this woman. Why! because the country is lawless now and there's no security which we are all aware of...so why are we blaming Gadhafi for all this?

    It actually implies that all the rapes in the US cities should be blamed on the government representatives. Its like we blaming Obama for all the negative issues in the USA.

    This is my main concern.

    Thank you

    April 5, 2011 at 1:36 am |
  4. cindy Appleton

    “Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak... Non-violence is hard work. It is the willingness to sacrifice. It is the patience to win.” – César Chávez

    in my dream world....i envision oprah winfrey buying plane tickets for thousands and thousands of women who would descend upon tripoli and physically, non-violently, gently and compassionately remove eman al-obeidy from her land of oppression...

    and today is the anniversary of martin luther king's death....

    i will go....but only in the safety of numbers....

    that's my dream world this night...

    thank you anderson for your interview..i was having dinner with my son and heard the tv and your interview from the living room....jumped up and stood there listening .....all i could do was put my hand over my mouth, tear up and try hard to not drop to my knees with grief for the torment this poor woman has gone through. since the beginning of time....men go to war and pay for their participation with their very lives......women pay when the invading soldiers invade their enemies territory and degrade the women of.... their enemies.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  5. david

    Has anyone even checked her out to see if anything she said was true. Bet she ends up in the usa.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  6. salvatore germana

    time for the world to respond.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  7. Sarah

    Thank you to all of the brave reporters, journalists, writers, and individuals behind the scenes who are willing to take a stand for Eman and undoubtedly, other existing victims like her. Thank you to Eman, and prayers for you, for doing what you knew to be right in the face of extreme conditions and the possibility of 'judgement.' No one deserves this kind of injustice! God sees you, hears the stories, and holds you and those like you, and the advocates for such as these close!!!!

    April 4, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  8. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Thank you Anderson et al for Finding Eman!

    As you know from the blog, many of us have been quite concerned about her welfare.

    I believe that your continued and unrelenting coverage of this event may have saved this woman's life.

    I am grateful that she is with her family. They can offer her more comfort and especially safety than the so-called "program" that the Lybian gov. said she was in.

    I also commend her tribe for saving her honor by having a marriage proposal for her. May Eman heal and recover. It will take time and support, but as a victim of rape, i know that evenutally the wounds fade. You will Never Forget what happened to you, but you can slowly move forward and become a stong woman again.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
  9. rachel

    Thank you for following this story, AC! There are many concerned people around the world who support Eman and want to see a transparent and just government in Libya.
    Eman....your story is essential to the transition/transformation of an improved situation for women in MENA. your bravey has not gone un-noticed by women rights advocates around the world...http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Free-Eman-al-Obeidi/163930546995723

    April 4, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
  10. Annie Kate

    That's a lot of radioactive water to dump into the ocean; have any scientists addressed what impact it could have on marine life?

    I'm glad the Libyan rape victim is alive and now in a position where she can talk to AC360. I wonder what she thinks about Gadhafi's suggestion that his son take over the regime – I doubt any of the rebels would want that because it just doesn't sound like any change at all and could easily lead nowhere that the Rebels want to go.

    Looking forward to the show and hearing about all the developments.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:33 pm |