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April 5th, 2011
09:24 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Alleged Libyan Rape Victim Connected With Her Mom

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight, only on 360°, we have the emotional telephone call between Eman al-Obeidy and her mom. Al-Obeidy is the woman who has made headlines around the world after she snuck into a Tripoli hotel and told journalists she had been raped by pro-Gadhafi forces.

Since she told her story at the hotel the regime has tried and failed to get her to recant it. She says she’s been imprisoned and threatened. They've even tried to bribe her family. Al-Obeidy has never changed her story; even when an anchor on state-run television called her a prostitute.

Now there's word the regime is targeting her online. The New York Times reports supporters of Gadhafi are circulating what they claim is a pornographic video of her. We'll tell you what the video really shows.

Just today al-Obeidy was threatened yet again. She'll tell you what happened in court. You'll also hear from her mom.

"Think with your sister to find a solution and bring you back (to Tobruk) before they kill you," al-Obeidy's mom told her on the phone.

In Japan, there's growing outrage over the response to the country's nuclear crisis.

Tokyo Electric, which operates the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant, has announced plans to give residents of one community near the facility an initial payment of 20 million yen - about $12 each - as "payment for their troubles."

As you can imagine, that's not enough to many people.

There's also news that fish have been detected with radiation and that about 3 million gallons of water poured into the Pacific had radiation levels millions of times above the regulatory limit.

We'll get the latest developments from CNN's Kyung Lah in Tokyo and former senior nuclear power plant operator Michael Friedlander.

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


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. deb

    Anderson, you are such an amazing journalists/humanitarian. I appreciate everything you are trying to do for this poor woman. Something needs to be done...now, or she will not live. NATO, hello??

    April 5, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  2. Yo

    "Love to the light blessing grace" she is a titan she deserve the admiration and love of all of us (eman) god bless your(yo).

    April 5, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  3. George

    Hi guys, too much covereange about lybian woman. Sorry to say that but getting tired to hear about it every day.
    George

    April 5, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  4. de zola

    it is all about Libya and one woman when more than 900 people were killed in cote d'ivoire no one talks about that. who doesn know the game you are playing.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  5. bubbyclay

    anderson it was very nice of you and cnn to let this girl who was raped talk to her mother. It will help both of them to try to get over this GOD bless you for doing this. a faithful viewer.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
  6. Annie Kate

    I wonder if that area in Japan will ever be livable again in our lifetime. Some radioactive isotopes take a very long time to lose that radioactivity. And the twelve dollars – an insult to those people who have been displaced. Twelve dollars might have been a large settlement back in the 1800s but its laughable today. How the power company could think it was enough is unbelievable.

    Dumping that radioactive water into the ocean is criminal; the marine life will be the ones that suffer for it and the people who get their food from fishing. All the power company is doing is spreading the radioactivity to more places instead of trying to contain it. Some one competent in handling this mess needs to take over and get it cleaned up.

    April 5, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  7. Richard Whitney Jr

    All this happens and most likely because of what is currently happening to the Libyan government. What I am disappointed about is that the USA has pulled their forces out at a time the Libyan opposition needs their support the most. This shows the world that we are not fully committed or that we follow through in helping other counties and the US will pull out when least expected. This, unfortunately, compromises the USA's creditability in the eyes of the world.

    Credits to Anderson Cooper show.
    Richard S Whitney Jr.

    April 5, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  8. Dan Penny

    From what I've read and seen about some Islamic tribes, if the village or town feels that a woman has dishonored, the towns people appears to feel obliged to stone the woman to death. Often in these cases, the women of the community throws the first stones. Nowadays, that stone becomes a gun, especially when Gadhafi has armed the civilians. Isn't this what it looks like when the waitress in the hotel where the western press are staying tried to attack Eman with knives. So, could the smearing campaign against Eman be a plot to incite the civilians to silence her.

    April 5, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
  9. Karin

    I truly hope this conversation with her mother will not be her last one. I also hope that tis doesn't jeopardize the CNN reporters over there. I am baffled at the slow pace NATO is moving. Innocent people are being murdered, and we have the weather to blame???? Surely these pilots are trained in any weather conditions. Is NATO making a deal with the devil? while he ponders the idea he kills more innocent people and take on more territory.

    April 5, 2011 at 10:31 pm |
  10. Terry Mutuku- Toronto

    Anderson, what this woman is going through is totally unacceptable. Where're all the humanitarian organizations? Why can't someone rescue her? Are we going to watch her till her last breathe? It's time to rescue her. It's enough to watch her agony!! Someone should act now and safe her before it's too late...

    April 5, 2011 at 10:14 pm |