Hundreds of school aged children arrived at the modest mausoleum of Saddam Hussein on Monday to celebrate the birthday of the executed dictator in his native town.
Saddam, hanged in 2006 for crimes against humanity, is hated in the majority of Iraq. But in the area of his native province of Salahuddin, especially among his Sunni Arab compatriots, he is still revered.
“Bush, Bush, low life man, the blood of Saddam is not cheap”, chanted a Group of students in White uniforms parading around the tomb of Saddam in the mausoleum where he was buried, that also exhibit photos of his rein. “There are two things that we shall never cede: Saddam and Iraq!” sang the children, various ones crying.
They entered into a place with a sign that said, “We shall not forget about him, father Saddam”, and kissed the tomb of the dictator. “There is no martyr like Saddam. We are here to celebrate his birthday. Happy Birthday and if God desires, he shall go to paradise”, said an eleven year old girl named Tiba.
Faten Abdel Qader, one of the organizers, said that the legacy of Saddam was the memory of a time of peace. “The children that lived during the era of this man had security. They did not know anything about assassinations, violence, or sectarianism. An Iraqi woman would be able to hold her head high”, she said.
Saddam, who was born in Awja April 28, 1937, was executed for his role in the death of Shiite populations, massacres with the intent to assassinate those against him. In the moment of his execution, he was also facing a judge for genocide for the murder of hundreds of thousands of Kurds.
The government of Iraq said that Saddam was responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands of people buried in massive tombs during decades of oppression.
His supporters said that during his regimen he avoided sectarian violence that has been loosed since his overthrow since the American invasion of Iraq in 2003.