Gaddafi's Harem

Gaddafi's Harem

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Soraya was just fifteen, a schoolgirl in the coastal town of Sirte, when she was given the honor of presenting a bouquet of flowers to Colonel Gaddafi, "the Guide," on a visit he was making to her school the following week. This one meeting--a presentation of flowers, a pat on the head from Gaddafi--changed Soraya's life forever. Soon afterwards, she was summoned to Bab al-Azizia, Gaddafi's palatial compound near Tripoli, where she joined a number of young women who were violently abused, raped and degraded by Gaddafi. Heartwrenchingly tragic but ultimately redemptive, Soraya's story is the first one of many that are just now beginning to be heard. But sex and rape remain the highest taboo in Libya, and women like Soraya (whose identity is protected by a pseudonym here) risk being disowned or even killed by their dishonored family members.

In Gaddafi's Harem , an instant bestseller on publication in France, where it has already sold more than 100,000 copies in hardcover, Le Monde special correspondent Annick Cojean gives a voice to Soraya's story, and supplements her investigation into Gaddafi's abuses of power through interviews with people who knew Soraya, as well as with other women who were abused by Gaddafi.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780802121721
Branch Call Number: 961.2 COJ
Characteristics: x, 294 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: De Jager, Marjolijn - Translator


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Nov 30, 2017

The book is divided into two parts. The first is the story of a girl whose story prompted the author to write this book.
And the second part is a description of the author's attempts to conduct a kind of investigation, trying to find witnesses about facts and acts that girl in the first part, told.
Journalistic talent of the author is seen in the second part. The first part, in my opinion, is very simplistic.

Not being a special connoisseur of Libya and what was happening there, it was informative to learn about certain events happening in this country. Although the purpose of the book is the disclosure of sexual crimes and violence, both of Gaddafi himself and his associates. I do not presume to judge what is true and what fiction is.
Well, not all of them were victims. Many of his so-called female bodyguards were proud of this position, and many, even from senior officials, dignitaries from other countries, aspired to an intimate rapprochement with Gaddafi, knowing that they would receive extraordinary rewards.

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