Physicians for Human Rights reports an agonizing story out of Libya, one that stops the hearts of those of us who support international women’s rights. Three girls aged 15, 17 and 18 were allegedly assaulted by soldiers while at school in Tomina, located near the war-shattered city of Misrata.
The crime emerged from the June interviews conducted around human rights abuses in Libya. The report issued by PHR said that the three girls returned to their family in late April, telling their father that they had been raped in the Alwadi Alahdar elementary school for three consecutive days.
In response, the father slit each of his daughters’ throats with a knife that very day, killing them. Another long-time Tomina resident and mother of three corroborated these ‘honor killings’ to the PHR team.
The report continues with PHR reporting that one obstetrician/gynecologist saying that Libyan women won’t go to the gynecologist after being raped. Another informant interviewed said: ‘If Qaddafi destroys a building, it can be rebuilt. But when Qaddafi rapes a woman, the whole community is destroyed forever. He know this, and so rape is his best weapon.’ The informant said ‘I’d prefer to die if that happened to my wife.’
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