Gaddafi’s Amazon Bodyguards

“The Amazonian Guard (also “the Amazons”) was an unofficial name given by Western journalists to an all-female elite cadre of bodyguards officially known as al-rāhibāt al-thawriyyāt “The Revolutionary Nuns”, and sometimes also unofficially called “the Green Nuns”, tasked with protecting the former leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi.”

“Gaddafi reportedly employed a cadre of female bodyguards because he believed that an Arab gunman would have difficulty firing at women. However, it has also been submitted by others that Gaddafi’s female bodyguards were, in reality, just an aspect of the dictator’s well-known eccentric showmanship and his fondness of surrounding himself with young women. Gaddafi would usually travel with fifteen of his Amazonian Guards.”

“Candidates for the Amazonian Guard underwent extensive firearms and martial arts training at a special academy, were required to take an oath of chastity, and had to have been hand-picked by Gaddafi himself. Members of this bodyguard were allowed privileges such as dressing in Western-style fatigues and wearing makeup, or displaying Western hair styles and high heels.”

“In 1988, one of Gaddafi’s female bodyguards was killed and seven others were wounded when Islamic fundamentalists in Libya ambushed Gaddafi’s motorcade. It was claimed that the dead guard, Aisha, was Gaddafi’s favourite and threw herself across Gaddafi’s body to stop the bullets.”

“In the latter days of the 2011 Libyan civil war, accusations emerged of rape and other abuse from five members of the Amazonian Guard by the upper echelons of the Gaddafi regime, which typically ranged from Gaddafi himself, to his sons, to high officials. Some Amazonian Guards have also claimed that they were forced to execute rebels or be killed themselves.”

Source: Wikipedia

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One comment on “Gaddafi’s Amazon Bodyguards

  1. LodRose says:

    wonder what has become of this women now that he’s dead.

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