Trigger warning: This post deals with sexual assault and may be triggering for some readers.
Our thoughts are with US reporter Lara Logan, who has been hospitalised again due to ongoing health problems relating to a horrific 2011 gang rape in Cairo.
Logan, 43, is a well-respected 60 Minutes journalist and an experienced war correspondent.
Logan, a married mother of two, was separated from her bodyguard and camera crew and attacked by a number of men. She was only saved when a group of local women intervened.
She spoke about the brutal attack in a US 60 Minutes interview later that year:
There was no doubt in my mind that I was in the process of dying. I thought not only am I going to die, but it’s going to be just a torturous death that’s going to go on forever.
It is believed Logan’s latest hospitalisation is her fourth this year alone.
Last month, she was also admitted to hospital due to a digestive disease known as diverticulitis and internal bleeding.
Family friend Ed Butowsky told Breitbart News:
Very few people know how stoic and incredibly tough this lady is. In spite of everything she’s had to face in the last two years, people have no idea the physical suffering she has been enduring due to the brutal sexual assault she encountered in Egypt during the Arab Spring while reporting for 60 Minutes. I’ve been in and around this business and people don’t understand how hard reporters work and how much time they put in. Lara, above all of it, has been doing it for four years since this brutal attack and suffering in every way, shape or form. Maybe it’s time for people to realize these people are human beings.
It has also been a tough few years for Logan professionally.
In 2013, Logan took a leave of absence after she filed an inaccurate report on the 2012 attack on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
We wish her a speedy recovery.
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