When the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was captured and killed in October , no one was in any doubt about the horrors he had. Gaddafi’s Harem has ratings and reviews. Kaveh said: هر تصوری This is not an easy book to read, but it is a book that needs to be read nonetheless. Best books like Gaddafi’s Harem: The Story of a Young Woman and the Abuses of Power in Libya: #1 Shamed: The Honour Killing That Shocked Britain – by th.

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Oct 24, Liz Simmons rated it really liked it Shelves: However, in private, on that very tour, Soraya had to pretend that she was indisposed in order to boko being raped by the man she was supposedly protecting. I came away from this book feeling like I wanted to know there would be some outcome for young women like this.

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How a leader of a country even a lunatic had time for all this is pretty amazing, but I do not doubt a word of the story. Each city district had bought a camel and slaughtered it in front of a mosque, sharing it with refugees from towns that had been devastated in the war.

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Angry with all the fucked up families of these women. I recognize that there are loses in translation as it goes from Arabic to French gaddavi English and I recognize the need to disguise the identity of those who agreed to be interviewed. The culture of secrecy and use of rape as political weapon is terrifying. Full lips gave her the appearance of an Angelina Jolie look-alike, and when she smiled a childlike spark lit up her face, which was beautiful even though already etched by life.


Dec 05, Wytzia Raspe rated it did not like it Shelves: The author probably was funded by someome interested in create a demonized figure of the former Libyan leader.

Unfortunately I found the translation from the original french very clunky and ponderous. To her disgust and shock, he was lying naked on his bed. Some victims are good and noble and others are ignominious? He seems to beat up only the Libyan women.

Gaddafi’s Harem: The Story of a Young Woman and the Abuses of Power in Libya

And from his prison in Misrata, where he now spends his days reading the Koran, a bearded young man— who participated in trafficking young girls—told me in exasperation: I’ve never been a history buff modern or ancientbut to read these events not only through first person point of view, and to have smatterings of Gaddafi’s rule in the background made this a compelling story. Gaddafi selected women he desired from all parts of society, from the wives of visiting foreign dignitaries, to year-old schoolgirls.

She chairs the committee for the Prix Albert Londres, having won the prize herself inand has published a number of books. Such a tale might seem like something from the imagination of a particularly lurid and sadistic pornographer but, horrifically, it is true.

Jul 24, Bob Schnell rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a great book and the author has done a lot of homework to make sure it is accurate. And it is very badly written.

It is very disturbing that the women who were put through this torture cannot even get justice or recognition for what they went through, because Libyan society considers rape victims to be at fault.


Gaddafi’s inclination to abuse was abetted by the cultural view of women and it appears homosexuals too that keeps their mistreatment out of sight. French journalist Annick Cojean met some girls who according to her lived in the palace of the Libyan dictator as sex-slaves. Here is your daughter coming to your home with bruises and blood all over her clothes and you are worried about the honour of your sons This was a very depressing book for me.

One of those victims whose dishonor and humiliation reflect on the whole family and the entire nation. I still liked him 4 years later when I left but after reading this book Hrem now hate this man.

Cojean was shocked and overwhelmed by the account, and she followed up on it by i Respected French journalist, Annick Cojean, was in Libya shortly gook the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. This particular weapon had nothing to do with Libya, and all to do with Gaddafi.

Gaddafi’s Harem

One of the best books I have read. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. The girl had been gaddafii to present the Guide with gifts and flowers, and it was considered a privilege. Not Enabled Word Wise: He looked her up and down and barked to one of the women: And some of the men in their families are prepared to take care of that.