History October 22, 2018 at 02:00 pm

Listen to Gaddafi’s last audio recording addressed to his family hours before he was killed

Francis Akhalbey

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Francis Akhalbey October 22, 2018 at 02:00 pm

October 22, 2018 at 02:00 pm | History

Gaddafi with his son Saif al-Islam Gaddafi in 1976

The revolutionary and politician served as leader of Libya from September 1, 1969, to October 20, 2011.

Gaddafi, who was criticized by some for ruling with an iron fist and being dictator was also equally loved by others, arguing that his leadership brought a lot of socio-economic reforms to the country.

Hours before he was rounded up by rebels at his hideout and subsequently killed, Gaddafi sent an emotional farewell message to his family.

Here’s a transcript of what he told them:

“I am your father, Hana. I am your father, Hana.

I’m your father, Aisha. I’m your father, Aisha.

I leave you pride and not shame. Death is better than shame, fire is better than shame.

Tonight I will break into the siege of Sirte and I may be martyred in this operation.

So don’t be sad or cry. Rejoice, O Hana, rejoice, O Aisha, rejoice, O Safia.

I am martyred in a battled where I face 40 unjust countries…”

Listen to the recording below:

Here’s also another audio recording of his first speech after the revolution in 1969:

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