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Following brief stay in Qatar, reported Libyan rape victim to relocate to US

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The saga may wind down for reported rape victim Eman al-Obeidy, who has left Libya and fled to Malta, CNN reports.

From there, she will go to a processing center in Europe before finally relocating to a country that will give her official refugee status.

According to Al Jazeera English, who quotes Obeidy’s sister, that country is the US.

Obeidy was back in Libya last week after being deported from Qatar, reportedly against her will.

AJE reports:

Marwa al-Obeidi maintained that Qatar was friendly with the family until the last few hours before deportation.

She said that Qatari authorities gave the family five hours notice to get on a military plane and leave Doha.

“Iman wanted to travel directly to America from Qatar, but for some logistical reasons Qatar wouldn’t allow it. That’s when they didn’t treat us very nicely,” she said.

Last week, CNN, human rights groups and the US State Department condemned Qatar for violating international law by sending Obeidy back to Libya.

In a Peninsula article, an unnamed Libyan rebel says Obeidy’s visa had expired and that media reports that she had been abused by Qatari security guards were false.

Obeidy’s sister said she will continue her studies and seek psychological help during her time in the US. 

“I am sure they will greet her with such warmth and kindness,” she said.

“We are happy for her.”

Image courtesy of the Peninsula.

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