Rape as tactic of war pt.3: Hundreds of women raped by qaddafi forces

31.05.2011 § Leave a comment

At first, the responses to the questionnaire about the trauma of the war in Libya were predictable, if tragic: 10,000 people suffering post-traumatic stress, 4,000 children with psychological problems. Then came the unexpected: 259 women said they had been raped by militiamen loyal to Muammar Qaddafi.

Dr. Seham Sergewa had been working with children traumatized by the fighting in Libya but soon found herself being approached by troubled mothers who felt they could trust her with their dark secret.

The first victim came forward two months ago, followed by two more. All were mothers of children the London-trained child psychologist was treating, and all described how they were raped by militiamen fighting to keep Qaddafi in power.

Dr. Sergewa decided to add a question about rape to the survey she was distributing to Libyans living in refugee camps after being driven from their homes. The main purpose was to try to determine how children were faring in the war; she suspected many were suffering from PTSD.

To her surprise, 259 women came forward with accounts of rape. They all said the same thing.

…Rape has been a common weapon of war throughout the ages,

…Dr. Sergewa said she has interviewed 140 of the rape survivors in various states of mental anguish, and has been unable to persuade a single victim to prosecute. None would speak to the AP about her ordeal, even with a promise to hide her identity.

“Some I diagnosed with acute psychosis; they are hallucinating,” Dr. Sergewa said. “Some are very depressed; some want to commit suicide. Some want their parents to kill them because they don’t want their families to bear the shame.”

“They are using rape not just to hurt women but to terrorize entire families and communities,” Dr. Sergewa said. “The women I spoke to say they believed they were raped because their husbands and brothers were fighting Qaddafi.”

“I think it is also to put shame on the tribes or the villages, to scare people into fleeing, and to say: ‘We have raped your women,'” she said.

Dr. Sergewa says women will continue to be targets of the militiamen, and this makes it all the more urgent to finish her study and get it published.

Full article Here.

Rape as tactic of war 1

Rape as tactic of war 2


Rape as war tactic, redux: Libya

02.04.2011 § 1 Comment

“Look at what Gaddafi’s militias did to me,” Miss Obeidi told journalists at the weekend. “Look at what happens – Gaddafi’s militiamen kidnap women at gunpoint, and rape them – they rape them.”

Although Miss Obiedi lives in Tripoli, she suggested her connections to the rebel-held east had prompted the attack. Powerful military defectors, Gen Abdulfattah Younis al-Obeidi and Suleiman Mahmoud al-Obeidi. are prominent supporters of the uprising against Col Muammar Gaddafi. She said: “Easterners – we’re all Libyan brothers, we are supposed to be treated the same.”


Journalists have been unable to learn Ms. al-Obeidy’s whereabouts since she was removed by force from the Rixos Hotel here after scuffles between security personnel, hotel staff and foreign journalists she had been trying to approach on Saturday.

Mr. Ibrahim initially described her as drunk and potentially delusional. Then, later on Saturday, he called her sober and sane. And on Sunday he termed her a prostitute and a thief.

Hundreds of women to came out in protest of Obeidi.





Partying (bombing oil fields) like its 1989!

02.03.2011 § Leave a comment

Quaddafi’s forces reportedly bombed an oil refinery in Libya yesterday… but may have missed hitting the oil on target… maybe due to the serious and substantial defense committee, rebels with stolen anti-aircraft guns… see HERE and HERE

In the Gulf War, the Kuwaiti oil fires were caused by Iraqi military forces setting fire to 700 oil wells as part of a scorched earth policy while retreating from Kuwait in 1991 after conquering the country but being driven out by Coalition military forces. The fires started in January and February 1991 and the last one was extinguished by November 1991

Libya and Italy’s alliance: cemented through economic investment and trading women for political allegiance

23.02.2011 § Leave a comment

So, Libya was a distant outpost of Italian Colonial expansion. As in many colonial relationships, the dynamic has morphed into a  some different contemporary capitalist version.

in 2010, a guardian article was published “Gaddafi flies Italian women to Libya for ‘cultural’ tours – and romance”. It reads:

Building on his friendship with Silvio Berlusconi, Libya’s leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has begun flying groups of Italian women to Libya for “cultural” tours of the country, with the aim of marrying them off to local men – starting with his nephew.

Because of the recent uprisings and massacres in Libya, the economic ties between the two countries have revealed themselves as extremely strong:

Italian bonds are blowing out. If sustained, this is bigger deal than the stock market swoon across Europe: CAC down 1.45%, FTSE down 1.1%, Dax off .4%. A lot of Libyan shares apparently in Italy and Libyan interests own over 7% of Unicredit, the biggest bank in Italy. Ouch.

(from naked capitalism)

This not an oddity, but a perfect articulation of the way nation-states function. We cannot really understand the way that states act in this capitalist world without considering states as inherently patriarchal, protecting, reproducing, and being produced by the hierarchical gender distinction (See, e.g., Pateman, Rajan), in the same movement by which they protect, reproduce, and are reproduced by the distinction between the working class and the capitalist class… Just as Maria Mies shows that colonization and racialization hinged on the way that colonizing men dealt with, treated, subordinated colonized women, as a major means by which the relationship was constructed between colonizer men and colonized men, so we can see that relationships between nation states today are formed by the way in which women are treated and exchanged by the elite men of each country…

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