British Newspaper Claims Gaddafi’s ‘Viagra-Fueled’ Troops Raping Children

A representative Daily Mail headline.

A representative Daily Mail headline.

Britain’s Daily Mail tabloid newspaper has long been known for pushing stories of dubious provenance to appeal to the conservative outrage of its largely middle class readership. It has really outdone itself today, however, with this story about Libyan soldiers taking Viagra and raping small children (not that I doubt some atrocities are taking place – but the ‘Viagra-Fueled’ part?):

Children as young as eight are being raped in front of their families by Gaddafi’s forces in Libya, according to a leading charity.

Aid workers described horrific stories of widespread sexual abuse, including one incident in which a group of girls was abducted and held hostage for four days. When they were finally released, they were too traumatised to speak.

Other children have described being forced to watch as their fathers were murdered and their mothers raped. They told Save The Children that they themselves were then brually beaten before being released.

Harrowing stories of sexual assaults against women and children have emerged from those who have fled the besieged cities of Misrata, Ajdabia and Rus-Lanuf…

There have been numerous reports of Gaddafi’s troops – some fuelled by Viagra – using rape as a weapon of war.

In the most notorious example, 28-year-old Iman al-Obeidi claimed she was assaulted for two days by 15 men after being abducted at a checkpoint. She was arrested after trying to tell her story to foreign journalists and has subsequently been charged with slander.

Doctors in Misrata have also treated patients who have been sexually assaulted…

[continues in the Daily Mail]

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  • Anonymous

    This is getting ridiculous. Why don’t they just come out and say it, they want him dead

  • MoralDrift

    This is getting ridiculous. Why don’t they just come out and say it, they want him dead

  • Darthtim23

    It reminds me of them BS Gulf War I stories about Sadaam’s troops wrenching Kuwaiti babies from hospital incubators, and replacing them with Iraqi ones.
    They were reported as fact at the time but turned out to be fictitious years later.

    At the time Amnesty International corroborated the tales
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nayirah_(testimony)

  • Darthtim23

    It reminds me of them BS Gulf War I stories about Sadaam’s troops wrenching Kuwaiti babies from hospital incubators, and replacing them with Iraqi ones.
    They were reported as fact at the time but turned out to be fictitious years later.

    At the time Amnesty International corroborated the tales
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nayirah_(testimony)

  • Toots

    I should have suspected something was amiss when I saw that the Libyan war was sponsored by Glaxo Smith Kline! Has anyone checked the soldiers cholesterol? They are probably using Lipitor too! Oh, the Humanity!!!

  • Toots

    I should have suspected something was amiss when I saw that the Libyan war was sponsored by Glaxo Smith Kline! Has anyone checked the soldiers cholesterol? They are probably using Lipitor too! Oh, the Humanity!!!