Monday | May 26, 2003
Twenty years in a wall
Iraqi man ends 20 years in hiding
Twenty-one years ago, Saddam Hussein placed an execution order on Jawad Amir for supporting an outspoken Shia cleric.
Mr Amir escaped - not into a far-off town or neighbouring country, but into a space sandwiched between two walls in his parents' home.
He said for the whole of his hiding he never left that small, dark space and had only a tiny peephole to view the outside world.
"When I felt the danger I escaped to my parents' house, then I prepared my hiding place to keep away from the people so no one could ever report me to the regime," he explained.
Wow. He's a lucky man, but what a price he paid. The world will not miss Saddam and his henchmen. Let's hope we don't replace him with another strongman.