Last Sunday Moroccan police in the occupied Western Sahara detained a young Saharawi girl and raped her for standing up against the Moroccan occupation. First they interrogated her, then they molested her and finally the policemen sodomize her with their truncheons. All in the presence of higher ranking officers. They even threatened to kill her if she made her story public. Despite the threats on her life the 16-year old girl made contact with Saharawi human rights organisations in the occupied territory which recorded her testimony, and the information has also been independently verified by the Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara. This is her statement:
Sunday 22 February 2009 c. 19h00, Maatallah, El Ayoun / Western Sahara
Walking through the Maatallah district [El Ayoun, Moroccan occupied Western Sahara] I was surprised by six plain clothed policemen in the company of the well-known torturer Mohamed El Hassouni, known as "the Moustache", who forced me into their vehicle. When we arrived near the Allal ben Adellah school they covered my eyes and handcuffed me behind my back. I asked the policemen for the reason of this detention and one of them, known as El Aalaoui, told me that I had broken the law by attending a meeting with human rights activists. This included the last meeting with Michèle Decaster( from the French solidarity organisation AFASPA), in the presence of my friend Nguia El Haoussi.
All along the drive I was hit and kicked by the policemen in the vehicle, and I became very emotionally upset. I realized after a while that some Saharawi youths had started following us when they saw that a young Saharawi girl was being abducted. At this moment, the policemen threw me to the floor and covered my mouth with their hands.