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Rita Stephan and Mounira M. Charrad

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479846641

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479846641.001.0001

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Memories of Martyrs

Memories of Martyrs

Disappearance and Women’s Claims against State Violence in Libya

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Women Rising

Amina Zarrugh

NYU Press

In this chapter, Amina Zarrugh investigates the legacy of family-based mobilizations on behalf of forcibly disappeared relatives from the unique vantage point of several interviews with Meryam Shkiwa, the sister to one of the prison killing’s victims, Rafiq Shkiwa. Meryam’s narrative traces her family’s early engagement with security forces following her brother’s disappearance to her own involvement in the family association in the Tripoli branch. Her story reveals the significant impact the loss of Rafiq had on the family and how the Shkiwa family’s persistent efforts to learn about his whereabouts constituted a significant form of resistance to the state. This essay connects the persistence of families in remembering and commemorating the loss of loved ones in the Abu Salim Prison killing to the emerging resistance to the Gaddafi regime in the years before its fall in 2011.

Keywords:   Abu Salim Prison killing, Gaddafi regime, mobilizations, disappearance

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