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'We are all Wisal': Libyans launch social media campaign following young woman's abduction

Wisal Maina was kidnapped by a group of armed men at her Tripoli home [Twitter]

Date of publication: 21 May, 2020

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After a young woman was kidnapped from her home in Tripoli, Libyans have launched a social media campaign to raise awareness about her abduction.


Libyans have launched a social media campaign calling for the safe return to their family of young woman, reportedly kidnapped in capital Tripoli this week.

Wisal Maina, 27, was abducted by a group of armed men from her family home in the neighbourhood of Al-Kraimiya on Tuesday night. The perpetrators had arrived to the house with the intention of robbing it, according to reports.

After the family handed the gang all their money and gold the family had on hand, they took Maina with them.

The young woman's whereabouts remain unknown.

Maina, who is engaged to be married in the summer, had earned her bachelor's degree in international relations from the EU Business School in Switzerland last year.

She was not known to be engaged in local politics or activism.

Libyans took to social media to raise awareness about Maina's kidnapping, using hashtags such as #Save_Wisal #We_are_all_Wisal, #Where's_Wisal and #Today_it's_Wisal_tomorrow_it's_us.

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"A woman in Libya is always the victim, a victim of war, murder, displacement, rape and other crimes," one user tweeted.

Many users have called on the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya to investigate the incident.

The GNA's interior ministry in a statment said it has launched an investigation into the kidnapping.

Libya has been mired in conflict and instability since the 2011 toppling of long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Kidnappings have become increasingly common in Libya, with oil workers among the many people taken hostage by armed groups.

Last July, Libyan lawmaker Siham Sergiwa disappeared after an armed group raided her home in Benghazi, a city controlled by forces loyal to militia leader Khalifa Haftar.

Her whereabouts remains unknown.

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