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Bin Laden's Beauty from Sudan Speaks Out

Mujadeen Al-aHawri | 18.02.2006 02:41 | Analysis | Indymedia

Bruce Dunne of the POST JOURNAL interviews Bin Laden's beautiful former mistress, the novelist Kola Boof about her just released autobiography.

Sudanese-American beauty Kola Boof
Sudanese-American beauty Kola Boof

**Reprinted by permission of Bruce Dunne.

New York, NY ( - The author of six books published in eight countries, Kola Boof is not only Sudan's top selling novelist, but in 1996, was the mistress of Osama Bin Laden.....a fact that jeopardized her American citizenship four years ago, until Morocco's Prince Fabrizzio Ruspolli confirmed Boof's claim that she had been held against her will by Bin Laden at Ruspoli's estate for sexual purposes.

In her memoir, Diary of a Lost Girl, coming Feb. 1st in hardcover (0-9712019-8-6), Boof reveals a side of the terror chief that's never been explored before. In a telephone interview, I learned a few things that I never expected to find out...such as where he's been hiding.

BRUCE DUNNE: Where is Bin Laden?

KOLA BOOF: Well, about eighteen months ago he was in South Waziristan, the Toba Kakar Mountains in Pakistan. It's the state of Baluchistan. I mean, that's going by the authorities. I personally haven't spoken to him since 1998.

BRUCE DUNNE: What do you think of the recent rumors that Bin Laden is dead?

KOLA BOOF: Well, they're just that--rumors.

BRUCE DUNNE: You say you lived with Bin Laden for six months in 1996, and I'll be asking you some very tough questions about that in a moment, but what was he like back then?

KOLA BOOF: Well, he's extremely complex. I thought of him as a very rich gangbanger--he wasn't hiding in caves, although I don't know what he did when he wasn't in Morocco.

Of course, he's evil, and that's what people want to hear....but he also believes that he's saving the world by forcing everyone to submit to Islam and to Arabism. Osama is a gifted poet, he was very softspoken and sensitive--but also violent....he beat me, and he was tyrannical towards his men and embarrassed about sex......but addicted to it. Because I'm black and wasn't Muslim at that time, he considered me a "non-woman". A piece of meat for men to wipe their sins off on.

BRUCE DUNNE: Peter Bergen, a biographer of Bin Laden, has called you delusional. He says that Osama Bin Laden was never in Morocco in 1996--in fact, I believe he claims that Bin Laden has never been to Morocco period.

KOLA BOOF: Peter Bergen doesn't know what the hell he's talking about, but I'm sure that the media would take the word of a white man who's never met Osama against the word of a Black woman who used to share his bed.

The fact is...Osama Bin Laden was in Morocco in 1996, he was in Afghanistan, he lived in Sudan, he went to Ethiopia, Tanzania and Egypt that year. He went to Iran for a wedding. Peter Bergen and none of these know-it-all white men know a damned thing about where Osama was...if they did...the U.S. government would have been able to find Osama back in 1996. So don't listen to the Arabs and the White men.

BRUCE DUNNE: Peter Bergen says that Bin Laden is a chronic prayer...praying ten or twelve times a day.

KOLA BOOF: That wasn't true in 1996. Osama prayed on Tuesdays and Thursdays like that...all day Tuesday and Thursday, but not everyday. Bergen never lived with Osama. He's going by heresay.

BRUCE DUNNE: He raped you the first night you met. How did you meet and how did you become his captive?

KOLA BOOF: We met in a restaurant in Marrakech. I was there with my date and Osama came in with his men and ordered me over to his table. They escorted my date out of the restaurant and I never saw him again. Osama chatted with me for a few minutes, and then later that night, he came to my hotel room with his men and he raped me very violently. And then a few days after that, his men arrived again at my hotel...only this time to fetch me and my belongings. They took me to the Medina, La Maison Arabe, and I was kept there in the Winston Churchill room for six months. Osama came to the estate off and on, about four out of those six months total. He had sex with me and I accompanied him and his men on hunting expeditions and fishing trips. I got to know a lot of his friends, such as his doctor Ayman al-Zawahiri.

BRUCE DUNNE: You say that you're annoyed by American women who complain that you don't act like a rape victim.

KOLA BOOF: It was ten years ago that Bin Laden raped me. I can't imagine why I should be crying and acting emotional. Of course it was terrible being raped...but I had to survive and that meant I had to pretend to like the man. There was no time for whining..and in writing the book, there's no time for feminist theatrics. He raped me the first night and we became lovers, because I had to survive.

BRUCE DUNNE: Most people definitely haven't read your novels and poems--they don't know that you're Sudan's most published literary writer--you say that it's because you're so intelligent that Bin Laden was attracted to you.

KOLA BOOF: Osama's mother was like a feminist, she refused to wear a burka, two or three of Bin Laden's wives are University Professors. I don't see why that's so hard for Americans to believe. They think because they've never heard of me or because my name sounds comical to them that I'm just a bimbo. And stupid. When they see that I'm black, they tack on "liar".

BRUCE DUNNE: I have to admit I loved your autobiography, but do you really believe that you know more about Bin Laden than his wives?

KOLA BOOF: Well in any's the MAIDS and the "Whores" who know the most. Trust me.

BRUCE DUNNE: Bin Laden's been rumored to have suffered from kidney problems. Can you tell us anything about that?

KOLA BOOF: I'd rather people buy the book, so they can read about his health difficulties in detail. An interview isn't the proper...

BRUCE DUNNE: You say that you're a liberal Democrat, but you're very supportive of President Bush's war on terrorism. Is that correct?

KOLA BOOF: I'm not interested in President Bush in the least, and yes, I'm a liberal Democrat...but I'm also a person who comes from the Arab world and I can tell you that I was raised in Sudanese elementary school to believe that America is Satan's country, that White men are "the devil" and to strap a bomb on my back and blow up innocent people at the post office in the name of Allah....and look at this idiot president in Iran. I want blacks in America to understand that the "Arab" is just as much of a Satan as the White man. To me, the Arab man is more Satanic than the White man. No race likes black people--not Arabs, Caucasians, Asians, Latinos, Mulattoes--nobody likes blacks. Black Americans need to look at the recent massacre of Black Sudanese in a public park in Egypt and get a clue. You have to be sensible about terrorism, and I think that Americans are way too spoiled, too rich and comfortable. They like to fancy themselves as fair people....but it's the relaxed, fair ones that die of poisoned drinking water while listening to their Barbra Streisand records, although I'm a huge Streisand fan myself.

I advise Americans to question their government's tactics, surely, but when it comes to Arab Muslim Imperialism and terrorism, support your government. There is corruption in every world government....but none are more corrupt than the governments of the Arab world, and that is Kola Boof's experience as a half-Arab, Black African woman, and my opinion is just as important any other American's.

BRUCE DUNNE: Who despises you the most? Arab Muslim leaders, the Nation of Islam, American media, Black American men or Bin Laden experts?

KOLA BOOF: I don't know.

BRUCE DUNNE: In 2004, you were able to secure about six hundred million dollars worth of guns and ammunition for Sudan's south rebel army by giving a rather powerful speech in Israel. You were also featured on Benjamin Netanyahu's web site. What exactly are your connections to Israel or the SPLA's for that matter?

KOLA BOOF: Israelis and the South Sudanese are nothing alike, but we share a common enemy, a very common struggle. If it weren't for Israel we wouldn't have had food or medicine or weapons to defend our children in the South Sudan. We had no other offering of help. And, of course, as a member of the SPLA, I had to work very closely with the Israelis on behalf of my people. I would do anything for Africa.

BRUCE DUNNE: Very recently, with the James Frey scandal and the debates about the integrity of memoir nowadays, how do we know that your book isn't a pack of lies, just another fabulous scheme to further your own writing career by getting rich off Bin Laden's name?

KOLA BOOF: You don't know. But the fact book is true and none of it is fabricated, and for those who think otherwise, I really don't give a damn. This is my life story, my soul book. As Mary J. Blige sings....'you can hate it or love it".

Mujadeen Al-aHawri
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