In what seems like an unimaginable tale, a Libyan father allegedly slit his three teenage daughters' throats after he found out that they were raped by Gaddafi's troops during the siege of the port city of Misrata. The Daily Mail has more:
The father is said to have carried out the ‘honour killings’ because of his humiliation and shame at the rape of the sisters – aged 15, 17 and 18 – in Tomina, on the outskirts of Misrata. The victims were not named.
This "honor killing" is documented in a report by a Boston-based group called Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). Sadly, this is just one of the horrific stories to emerge after PHR sent team members to Misrata back in June. Researchers interviewed 54 residents, then followed the discussions up with the report. Through its text, readers are exposed to stories about Libyan war crimes and violence. According to Bloomberg, the report reads:
“The rule of law must be the bedrock of a new and free Libya,” the group said in the report released today. The rebels’ National Transitional Council “must ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice and held accountable.”
In addition to this story, PHR found that civilians were forced to act as human shields, children were hoisted onto tanks, and rape was widely and tragically used as a war weapon. A local school was purportedly turned into a prison of sorts where women were frequently raped.
Stories of rape and violence against women, though, aren't new. Earlier this summer, The Blaze reported on the story of Eman al-Obeidy, the Libyan woman who claims she was gang raped by Gadhafi’s security forces:
The NY Daily News has more about what witnesses had to say about rape as a tool of war in Libya:
Witnesses said that Khadafy purposely chose rape as a tool of war because he knew this fatal outcome would happen.
"If Khadafy destroys a building it can be rebuilt," one source told investigators. "But when Khadafy rapes a woman, the whole community is destroyed forever. He knows this, and so rape is his best weapon."
Tragically, many Libyan women and families have been impacted by this horrific behavior. In the case of the father and his three young girls, the shame was so deeply felt that the honor killings seemed like a viable method of handling the fallout. Considering that this is only one anecdotal example, once the conflict is over other similar stories are likely to appear.
(h/t Daily Mail)