Aisha Mohamed Masaud, 57, was married on November 18th, 1982. ‘I was 22 years old and my husband was 23. He was in medical school when we were married. He was a part of an Islamic organization that wanted to take down Gaddafi at Matiga base. I sensed that he was involved in something, but he never told me. He came home complaining every day, that everything was getting worse under Gaddafi since he came to power. He was arrested on August 5th, 1990. I was pregnant with our fourth daughter. Our son was six and our two daughters were seven and two. It happened in the morning while he was getting ready for work. Military men came to our apartment, they put him in a car, then someone got in his car and drove it away with them. He was gone for eighteen days. One day, they brought him back to our apartment. They started searching the house for two hours He wasn’t cuffed, but you could tell that he had been from the marks on his wrists. He looked exhausted, hungry and very uncomfortable. We received his death certificate in 2009; they took it to his parents’
The Abu Salim prison massacre, which was carried out over a period of two days in June of 1996, is viewed by Libyans as Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s greatest crime.
Image from Widows of Abu Salim, by Sarah Elliott