Gadhafi Family Tortured Nanny in Tripoli Mansion

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on August 30 2011 4:10 PM
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Hannibal Gaddafi, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, sits while Libya's Shipping Corporation director Ali Belhadj (R) and Jacques Hardelay, President of Cruise & Ferries in France of STX Europe, sign an agreement to build a cruise ship, in Tripoli June 30, 2010. Reuters

An Ethiopian nanny hired by Hannibal Gadhafi, Moammar Gadhafi's fourth son, said she was beaten and abused by the Gadhafi family during her year of employment.

Shweyga Mullah was found when Libyan rebels took control of Hannibal Gadhafi's beach-side Tripoli estate. She was in poor condition and had been abandoned there when the family fled the house. Unable to travel to a hospital, she moved herself into an empty room and waited for help.

Mullah told reporters that she had been tortured by the family, in particular Hannibal's wife Aline Skaf. When Mullah was found, she was covered in severe burns and untreated wounds, the scars from which she will likely carry for the rest of her life.

The burns came from one unbelievable incident, when Mullah was tortured for refusing to beat Hannibal Gadhafi's son to get him to stop crying.

She took me to a bathroom and tied my hands behind my back, and tied my feet, Mullah told CNN.

She tied my mouth...and she started pouring the boiling water on my head.

The abuse did not stop there, and Mullah said Skaf, who is a model, sadistically punished any member of the Gadhafi staff who tried to help her.

For three days, she wouldn't let me sleep, Mullah said. I stood outside in the cold with no food. She would say to staff, 'If anyone gives her food, I'll do the same to you.' I had no water, nothing.

The 30-year-old Mullah emigrated from Ethiopia to work for the Gadhafis a year ago, but when she arrived in Libya she was treated like a slave. Skaf reportedly refused to pay Mullah for any of her labor and left the woman penniless and stranded when rebels invaded Tripoli.

Her entire scalp and face were covered in red wounds and scabs, a mosaic of injuries that rendered her face into a grotesque patchwork, The BBC's Dan Rivers said.

Her chest, torso and legs are all mottled with scars -- some old, some still red, raw and weeping. As she spoke, clear liquid oozed from one nasty open wound on her head.

Hannibal Gadhafi fled Libya, along with his family, his brother Mohammed and his mother. They are now safely in Algeria, watching the fate of the nation they once ruled. The National Transitional Council -- the interim rebel government -- was furious that Algeria allowed the Gadhafis to escape, calling it an act of aggression.

The whereabouts of the elder Gadhafi are still a mystery, but the search continues. A bodyguard of one of Gadhafi's sons said that the Libyan leader is now heading south from the capital to Sabha, according to The Guardian. Earlier Tuesday, it was reported that Gadhafi and Saif al-Islam were either in Sirte or moving to Bani Walid. NATO struck three targets in Bani Walid Monday and has been providing rebels with air support in Sirte.

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