Staying above the soil- The Guardian – Hamid Alkifaey

Iraqi writer Hamid Alkifaey, who fled from Saddam Hussein’s regime, recalls life under his leadership and considers what the future could hold for Iraq guardian.co.uk, Friday 16 May 2003  Nothing is more difficult than describing what it was like to live under Saddam Hussein’s regime, and this is especially true when talking to free people who have never experienced oppression. However, it is possible to talk about certain aspects... 

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I Have A Dream Hamid Alkifaey

I would like to begin by saying how wonderful it is to be here at Queen Mary College, University of London. It is a great privilege to be with you all. I do not know if it is a coincidence that we are here at the ‘Chemical Building’ in order to discuss the dangers of chemical weapons. It is indeed an appropriate place for such a discussion.  The issue of Iraq is very complex and it has a history behind it. You will never understand it... 

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The Guardian Interview with Hamid Alkifaey

Interview with Hamid Ali Alkifaey The Guardian 4/2/2003 I was in Iraq until the end of 1980 and I left after Saddam Hussein took over, after he had murdered half of the leadership of his party. It looked as if the country was entering a new phase which was a terrifying one to every Iraqi in the country, some of whom were forced to carry arms and be part of the popular army. Most people had to carry Saddam’s photographs and badges. Professors... 

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Hamid Ali Alkifaey: Throw out Saddam and free my nation

Throw out Saddam and free my nation The Independent, 19/9/2002 I left Iraq 22 years ago. There was no way I could live any longer under the brutal regime of Saddam Hussein. The Iran-Iraq war was just beginning and I, luckily, managed to get a visa to come to Britain as a student. I remember thinking that I would have gone anywhere, India, Rwanda, even Afghanistan, to get away from Saddam. It was a huge struggle, financially and mentally. I know that... 

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