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A HARROWING TALE
on 24 October 2013
For many years we heard and saw words and images depicting a country under the control of an erratic dictator, who controlled Libya with a rod of iron, and hatred filled rhetoric, and most of the world seemed to offer little support, comfort or physical assistance to save him and his regime from an internal uprising fueled by Western Allies. I cannot recall much worldwide sorrow when Muammar Gaddafi was dragged from a sewer tube like a frightened rat and crudely executed by his own people.
In her book "Gaddafi's Harem" special correspondent for Le Mode, and one of France's most admired journalists and author, Annick Cojean, reveals her meticulous research into another not as yet generally widely known aspect of this horrific man's evil characteristics namely his extreme sexual appetite fueled by massive a consumption of cocaine and viagra. His perverted actions knew no bounds of decency, or compassion, only excessive cruelty and brutality to scores and scores of young women and girls who were unfortunate enough to be 'ordered' and normally forced by his pimps and procuresses to his bed. Many of the unfortunates were very young girls whom he like the look of on visits to schools and universities, and were later rounded up by his lackeys, and taken to Gaddafi's compound, palace, tent or wherever this despicable dictator was staying.
The book tells the detailed and shocking story of one such girl called Soraya who was ripped from her family having been 'touched' by Gaddafi during a visit to her school when she had just turned 15, and was brutalized, raped, frequently urinated on, and kept a prisoner who was forced to 'surrender' to 'The Guide' as he was known by his sycophants, whenever called and this was frequently. Gaddafi did not limit his demands to her, but had many such poor girls on tap to satisfy his seemingly unsatisfiable sexual perversions. His desires were not restricted to females, as he kept a 'stable'of young boys for frequent visits, very often at the same time as one or more of his female 'sex slaves'.
He was totally obsessed with sex and the submissive control of women maintaining around him a large coterie of supposed personal guards known as The Amazons, but were also expected to perform other 'duties', high ranking people in his group who acted as arrangers of girls and women for his delectation, and many other accomplices and providers.
After Gaddafi's regime had been dismantled, the author spent a great deal of time searching out others who might have suffered similarly to Soraya, not only for collaboration purposes but to paint a fuller picture of this evil man's malign influence, and she also relates many of their stories.
This is a most harrowing story of unbelievable cruelty carried out on mainly young girls, where the threat of imprisoning and torturing brothers of girls who tried to resist Gaddafi's desires, was often made and carried out, until sexual submission was forthcoming. Gaddafi also extended his 'net' to the wives and daughters of other Heads of State, and their senior people, and by offering huge riches for favours seemingly had quite some success although on more than one occasion some very potentially damaging diplomatic incidents were brushed up against.
There cannot have been a more repulsive leader of a nation ever than Gaddafi, and I commend Annick Cojean for producing this excellent account, and whilst it makes the stomach tighten with revulsion it, perhaps appeases our consciences for the military action that erased this man from our planet.
A very good, highly readable but disturbing, excruciating book.