Iman Al-Obeidi Flees To Tunisia
Iman Al-Obeidi, the Libyan woman who claims she was brutally gang-raped by Gaddafi military forces, has fled Libya to seek safety in Tunisia.
Obeidi made headlines in March when she burst into a Tripoli hotel room where international journalists were gathered and told her story.
"I was tied up," she told the journalists. "They defecated on me. They urinated on me. They violated my honor."
Government officials and hotel staff dragged Obeidi away as reporters unsuccessfully tried to stop them.
After being released by Gaddafi's regime, Obeidi received death threats and was afraid for her life.
She recently escaped Libya to Tunisia, and described her experience to CNN.
"It was a little hard, there were checkpoints and the brigades (military)," she said.
Obeidi was driven by two defecting military officers to the Tunisian boarder. She was dressed in a traditional head covering so that only one eye was visible. Though the journey was successful, it was also "very tiring."
Now Obeidi is staying in a safe house on the border of the French embassy in Tunis. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has offered his personal support.
She feels safer, but is still concerned about being followed by government forces, and what the future holds.
"I still do not know what I am going to do. Of course, I'd like to see my family," she said.