Tripoli: Fuelled by Viagra, the forces of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi are reportedly using rape as a weapon of war against rebels, including children as young as eight years.
The Daily Mail quoted aid workers as describing how Gaddafi's forces are carrying out widespread sexual abuse, including an incident in which a group of girls was abducted and held hostage for four days.
Some of these children were too traumatised to speak about the incident after their release, while others said they were being forced to watch as their fathers were murdered and their mothers raped.
Harrowing stories of sexual assaults against women and children have emerged from those who have fled the besieged cities of Misrata, Ajdabia and Rus-Lanuf.
Michael Mahrt, child protection adviser of Save The Children, said the reports of sexual violence against children are unconfirmed but they are 'consistent and were repeated across the four camps we visited'.
First Published: Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 13:20