Hana Qaddafi: dictator's daughter survived Reagan's bombs?
Hana Qaddafi, we were told, was killed by US airstrikes in 1986 when she was a baby. Evidence now suggests that Muammar Qaddafi lied keeping his daughter under wraps for 25 years.
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Based on their research, the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag claimed "diplomatic circles in Tripoli have known about Hana's existence for several years."Skip to next paragraph
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Regime insiders claimed it was common knowledge that Hana's death was a hoax.
When asked why the Swiss had listed Hana on a government watch list of the Qaddafi family in February, a government spokesperson knowingly said, "There are reasons why the name is on the list, which we are not revealing publicly." The name was removed without explanation on Tuesday.
But could Qaddafi have carried through with that lie for all these years, even commemorating the 20th anniversary of Hana's murder with the "Hana Festival of Freedom and Peace?"
Some in Libya still believe baby Hana was killed. In Libyan culture it is common to name another child after one that previously died. That is exactly what many thought happened, including the country director of the British Council. It was widely believed that Qaddafi had adopted another daughter and renamed her Hana in a tribute to his murdered baby.
Given the propaganda seen in the final days of his regime, it may not be so far fetched that his claims of murder, baby Hana's elaborate funeral in 1986, and even the "Hana Festival of Freedom and Peace" in 2006, were just part of his elaborate propaganda machine.
If this anonymous Internet commentator is to be believed, it is clear the Hana alive today is the one and only Hana Muammar Qaddafi. The commentator claims to have studied with Hana at university: "When I asked who she was, I was told she was Hana Qaddafi, Qaddafi's adopted daughter who was supposedly killed in 1986."