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It's difficult being in family of Saddam, wrote son

"It is difficult being in Saddam family. People want to kill us," Uday said in a letter, found in his palace.

world Updated: Apr 14, 2003 22:15 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

"It is difficult being in the family of Hussein. People want to kill us," Uday, son of Saddam Hussein, wrote to an uncle in 1990 in a letter which a weekly says was found in Uday's palace in Baghdad.

In a 1990 letter Uday says that his father plans to create a greater Iraq that includes Kuwait, Palestine and Arabstan, a region of Iran historically controlled by Baghdad. The note says Saddam Hussein is beginning with the easiest-Kuwait, Time magazine said on Monday.

The palace, in the Baghdad suburb of Karada, it said, was not Uday's main residence but rather a safe house where he could hide out, as well as, according to a neighbour, a "love nest," to which Uday would bring his many girlfriends.

"There is nothing in my heart towards my father, not any love or kindness. In the end I ask God to keep his house safe," Uday wrote, according to Time.

An official letter found in the palace signed by Uday and countersigned by seven witnesses, the magazine said, notes that well-known opposition Shi'ite leader Thafer Mohammed Jaber was captured on September 3, 1995, and was being kept in one of Saddam's palaces. Jaber, say local Iraqis, has not been heard from since.

Among other items found in the palace were videos License to Kill (two copies), Like Father Like Son and Loose Cannons, receipts from Uday's 1989 New Year's party which included 12 bottles of gin, 11 cases of beer, vodka, champagne and Pepsi.

A love letter kept by Uday, with a lipstick kiss writes, "Remember me when you listen to Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, which I heard for the first time with you."

First Published: Apr 14, 2003 10:36 IST