London, June 28: A Young female British journalist has spoken out about being subjected to a horrific sexual assault by hundreds of men while covering the Egyptian elections, on Sunday.
Natasha Smith feared for her life as she was stripped and violently attacked by a mob of 'animals' who 'tossed me around like fresh meat' in Cairo's Tahrir Square.
She managed to get away only after putting on a burka and pretending to be the wife of a local man who smuggled her to safety.
The 22-year-old eventually ended up in the British Embassy and has now finally returned to her family home in Weymouth, Dorset.
The attack took place on Sunday as crowds celebrated the announcement that Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood had won the vote to become Egypt's first elected President.
Her CV says she was working for a 'multimedia publication' Fair Observer, which specialises in international relations.
She is due to begin work next month as a researcher for Channel 4's documentary series Unreported World.
Hers is not the first case of an attack on Western female journalists covering the uprising in Egypt.
Here, in extracts from her blog, Natasha Smith describes in terrifying detail what happened.
"But in a split second, everything changed. Suddenly, something shifted. I found myself being dragged from my male friends, groped all over, with increasing force and aggression. I screamed. I could see what was happening and I saw that I was powerless to stop it," the Daily Mail quoted her as writing in her blog.
"My friend Callum did everything he could to hold on to me. But it was no use. Hundreds of men were dragging me away, kicking and screaming.My camera was snatched from my grasp. My rucksack was torn from my back - it was so crowded that I didn't even feel it.
"Men began to rip off my clothes. I was stripped naked. Their insatiable appetite to hurt me heightened. These men, hundreds of them, had turned from humans to animals," she wrote. (ANI)