A 19-year-old Libyan girl has been accused of acting as a killer for Muammar Gaddafi. Nisreen Mansour al Forgani is being held in a heavily guarded room at the Matiga military hospital in Tripoli, and has allegedly admitted to killing at least 10 rebels in the final days of the Gaddafi regime.
The story of Nisreen Mansour al Forgani is one of a number of examples of atrocities that occurred in Tripoli as the Gaddafi regime was brought to its knees. Warehouses full of dead bodies have reportedly been found, the result of revenge campaigns waged by soldiers still loyal to the crumbling regime.
It’s not hard to see why Nisreen Mansour al Forgani has become the focus of media attention. Young and photogenic, her appearance seems at odds with her alleged role as a killer. But for some critics, the media’s coverage of the Nisreen Mansour al Forgani story is itself questionable. They note that Nisreen Mansour al Forgani was forced to carry out the killings, otherwise she would have been killed herself.
Nisreen Mansour al Forgani has claimed that hundreds or even thousands of young girls were recruited by the Gaddafi regime over the past year. And she has told various media sources that she was raped by figures from the regime. Human rights groups are already calling for people like Nisreen Mansour al Forgani to be properly looked after rather than subjected to quick, summary justice.