Deposed leader Moammar Gadhafi still feels in his heart that he is the leader of the Libyan people, even as he hides from them.
Gadhafi, who once called himself the King of African Kings, is currently on the run from the rebels who have effectively overthrown his government. Once a powerful and seemingly untouchable figure, Gadhafi enjoyed the pleasures of ultimate power, and he made sure this eight children experienced the same luxury. While Libyans were living under severe oppression during the Gadhafi regime, the Gadhafis were living in extreme, and occasionally absurd, opulence.
But now, rebels have overrun the capital of Tripoli, as well as the many mansions and estates owned by the Gadhafi family. The Gadhafis have been driven away, some into hiding and some out of Libya, perhaps for good. But where exactly are Gadhafi's children now?
Saadi: A former soccer star, Gadhafi's third oldest told Libyan rebels on Wednesday that he is ready to surrender, according to the National Transitional Council's Abdel Hakim Belhaj, who said that Saadi called him on Tuesday hoping to negotiate the terms.
Today I had a telephone conversation with Gadhafi’s son, Saadi, where he asked to be part of the revolution, and to get guarantees to come back to his people and the capital, Tripoli. He hinted to us his whereabouts, and we will be in contact with him to follow up on this matter,” Belhaj told Al Jazeera.
We told him, 'Don't fear for your life. We will guarantee your rights as a human being, and will deal with you humanely.'
Saif al-Islam: Once seen as the Western-educated, progressive heir to the Libyan thrown, Saif al-Islam is currently in hiding. Last week, rebels claimed to have captured Gadhafi's second son, but he later appeared in Tripoli, proving to reporters and Libyans that the rebels were misleading the world about their success.
But after claiming that Tripoli was still in the control of the government, Saif al-Islam disappeared when rebels took the city and stormed Gadhafi's Bab al-Azizya compound. Reports Tuesday said that he was either in Sirte or moving to Bani Walid, two cities that are pro-Gadhafi strongholds.
Saif al-Islam is currently wanted by the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges after he allegedly ordered troops to fire on unarmed protestors in February.
Muhammad, Hannibal, Aisha and Mutassim: Reportedly captured along with his younger brother Saif al-Islam, Muhammad is said to have escaped from rebel hands with the help of loyalists. Is it now thought that Muhammad has fled to Algeria with Mutassim, Hannibal, his mother, his sister Aisha and a number of children.
Rebels were furious that neighboring Algeria allowed the Gadhafi children safe passage and called it an act of aggression. Algeria has since closed the border with Libya and said that if Moammar Ghadhafi reaches its soil, he will be promptly returned to Libya and given to the National Transitional Council.
Aisha is known as the Claudia Schiffer of North Africa by the local media. The 35-year-old is thought to have given birth immediately upon entering Algeria. She was once a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and fought for H.I.V. prevention and women's rights, but she was stripped of the position once the war started. Like her siblings, Aisha has remained committed to her father.
When rebel's seized Hannibal's house, they discovered an Ethiopian nanny who was left behind when the family fled. Shweyga Mullah, who was found covered in severe burns and gaping wounds, said that she was tortured and beaten while under Hannibal's employment. She told reporters that Hannibal's wife Aline Skaf bound her arms and locked her in a bathroom, then poured boiling water all over her head and body.
Saif al-Arab: Gadhafi's second youngest son was killed in a NATO airstrike in April. He died while in the same building has his father and brother Saif al-Islam, who escaped unharmed. Saif al-Arab lived in Germany and was not involved with politics, although Gadhafi gave him a military until when the revolution broke out. He was also somewhat infamous, and he was arrested in Germany for trying to smuggle an assault rifle to Paris in 2008.
Khamis: Gadhafi's youngest son may also be dead. Rebels on Tuesday claimed to have killed Khamis, but they are known for crying wolf, and the international community is slow to believe the rumor just yet. On two previous occasions the N.T.C. said that Khamis was dead, and both times he appeared on state television shortly thereafter.
Khamis received military training in Russia and Libya, and during the current conflict he was the leader of the 32nd Reinforced Brigade of the Armed People. Also known as the Khamis Brigade, the 32nd is the best trained and best equipped special forces unit in the Libyan Army.
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. He is thought to be taking the same route that his family took when fleeing to Algeria.