Peter Svensk

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2003 at 2:40 pm

Associated Press: Saddam’s Family Lifestyles Shock Iraqis

The blacksmith paused from his looting of the palace to gape at a door a foot thick, and at the empty, marble-lined safe inside.

“This safe is as big as the room I rent, and I live there with my wife and two children,” said Ahmed Hamza, 28. “I thought the rumors were exaggerated, but these people lived in a different world.”

This house was owned by Hala Hussein, Saddam’s thirtysomething daughter, whereabouts currently unknown. She had two more across the street, several across the river, and even more scattered around the city. And that was just Baghdad.

With the Saddam family driven into hiding, Iraqis have begun to explore its secret world — one they always knew existed in their midst, but whose luxury and debauchery are nonetheless causing shock and anger.

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