Photos of women stripped naked and humiliated, posted online

Photographs of Guineans being humiliated naked in the street during last Monday's opposition crackdown are circulating on the Net. One of our Observers says he witnessed the scene when this photo was taken.

A few days after the brutal repression in Conakry last week, several photos of women being abused by soldiers were posted on the Guinea News forum. We were sent these ghastly images but chose only to publish one, after blurring the face of the victim. 

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has called for an investigation in order to bring to justice "all those responsible for carrying out summary executions, rapes and other human rights violations" in what she described as a "bloodbath" at the hands of the Guinea's army.


“I saw several other women being abused by soldiers”

Lamine Camara (not his real name) works as a journalist for a Guinean radio station. He witnessed the trouble last Monday.

I covered the demonstration for my station. After the first shots, everyone starting running for their lives. It was at that point when I saw this woman, in front of one the stadium's two exits. She was pushed to the floor; a soldier was stripping her naked. I don't know what happened afterwards, we had to flee. But I saw several other women being abused by soldiers. Each time they caught one, they'd ask what she was doing there and why she was demonstrating. I've never heard of such a things happening in Guinea. It's truly shocking."   

“‘She’s not my sister; not my cousin. I’ll do as I please!’”

Nankouma, another journalist, was also at the protest. He too saw women singled out and attacked.

I saw several women being ill-treated. Once the crackle of gunfire started, everything turned to chaos. The soldiers were armed up to their teeth. Protestors tried to break down the stadium door to get out. As I rushed past the women's toilets I saw a soldier ripping off a girl's jeans. Nearby, there were five others, including one woman who looked older than 60, naked in the middle of the crowd. Another on the floor was crying and screaming, as though she had just been raped. Almost nobody did anything, because we were at the mercy of the soldiers. I saw two policemen trying to intervene. But one of the soldiers shouted ‘Why isn't she at home being a good housewife? She's not my sister; not my cousin. I'll do as I please!'"




Well, glad to see they are handling themselves in a dignified manner under self rule, pretty much like the rest of the continent.

Analysis of the Photo

If we take a good look at the position of the hand of the soldier in the photo, we can easily deduce that he is helping the woman to dress not undress, or else hos hand should have been tugging at the down end of the trousers not at the waist of it. It is more likely that she is injured and have been stripped earlier for some reason we don't know. No matter what have happened, this single photo is gross but is not in any case an evidence to anything. The press must obtain other evidence. Otherwise its only a slandour and mudslayer. While all the world witnessed the atrocities of Israeli army in Gaza live and on TV, no one responded like they are doing in this case, and most of those who watched at the days of the Israeli war on Gaza have now forgotten all about it. Let's make first things first, then we shall be humans.

on the pic u can see that

on the pic u can see that militairy man is helping, that true. But wat u have to know that guinea militairy is divided. some are trying to spoil and others trying to help. God bless guinea


against humanity and against women

Always performing and kill women only to satisfy their sexual needs without witnesses like animals and they know that woman's rights have no value in front of men
This is unfortunate they are oblivious to what was in all religions and when they commit their crimes against humanity and against women in third world countries..

Women have always been raped

Women have always been raped during wars and nothing can change it. Sad, but it's one of the rules - armed and stronger owns weaker one. This is war.

Please what u have to

Please what u have to understand is that guinea is not in war.But the militairy killing theit own powerless people.


Why is it that the world super powers only act after damage has already been done. The chaotic situation in Guinea begs for immediate external military intervention with France playing a leading role.


i was not in the stadium,but live very close to the scene of the event.Seeing what happened on the 28th of sept.I never believed that any human being will have time to be involved in raping buisness as was being speculated,it is mere speculation.Who knows if the man in uniform is ofering the lady assistance?so don't be in a haste to conclude that he is undressing her.60% of guinea women do not wear pants and they love moving about in wrappers.If you go to offices 80% do not wear seeing a woman with breast exposed doesn't mean the military did it.Their wrappers can fall off when they were trying to escape for their lives.Do you not believe that the picture can be faked,a civilian can put on uniform to demostrate that.The person the took those pics would have use his phone to record one scene.Why is it that in the pics none was shown with a military man naked committing the act.To kill an unwanted dog give him a BAD NAME.None of those pics can be proved convincingly.thanks



Answer begs a question

Ibrahima Diallo states "Their wrappers can fall off when they were trying to escape for their lives" Ask now why these citizens believed that they had to "escape for their lives" if they were not in fear of this disgusting breach of human rights.