Iman al-Obeidi Reaches U.S.

July 29, 2011 | Lauren Feeney

Iman al-Obeidi, the woman whose alleged gang rape by Qaddafi troops helped draw the world’s attention to the possible use of rape as a weapon in Libya, has made her way to the U.S.

After fleeing house arrest in Tripoli, Obeidi reached Tunisia in early May, moved on to Qatar, was deported back to Libya, then spent 54 days in a refugee facility in Romania before arriving in New York on Wednesday night. Obeidi was granted asylum in the U.S., CNN reports, and has left New York for an undisclosed location where she plans to settle. She is not yet making media appearances, but spoke to one CNN producer, through whom she passed her thanks to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Here’s Obeidi telling the story of her brutal rape to the international media gathered at a Tripoli hotel, a video that both made her a cause celebre and landed her in jail: