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'Millions suffered at his hands'
A man watching footage of Saddam Hussein's execution
The footage of Saddam's execution has been seen by millions
As the images of Saddam Hussein's execution flash around the world, Iraqi Kurds living in Britain have shown a mixed reaction to the killing.

Berzo Ariwan, 35, is a Kurd who fled Iraq in 1992, leaving his family behind.

He reluctantly emigrated after both his family and he began to be harassed over his father's former links to the Kurdish liberation movement.

Now settled in Colindale, London, Mr Ariwan believes Saddam should have been kept alive and all his crimes brought to light.

"I don't agree with Saddam's execution. Why was he executed for a whole series of crimes that have not yet been brought out into the open?

"There's been enough blood letting and executions, that's been the culture of Iraq and the current government should have put a stop to it.

I'm not happy because my brothers are gone, and if they kill him a million times, my brothers will not come back
Zara Mohammed

"These new images of men in hoods performing an execution has been going on for 35 years.

"I would have kept Saddam alive and had the millions of people who suffered under him file through his cell.

"He always bragged that he had the support of the Iraqi people. They should have let him see the millions that suffered at his hands."

Zara Mohammed, a Faylee Kurd from Baghdad who now lives in London, was held in prison for 25 days and tortured before coming to Britain around 25 years ago.

She says some 150 members of her family were taken by Saddam's regime.

"We have been waiting for this for 25 years. It is easy when somebody kills your innocent family.

"I'm not happy because they didn't show the death in front of the people. I want to see this moment, like every woman, every mother, every sister.

Saddam Hussein on the gallows
Opinions are divided over Saddam's death by hanging

"I'm not happy because my brothers are gone, and if they kill him a million times, my brothers will not come back."

Dara Attar, is a Kurd and an oil consultant who fled Iraq in 1972. He said: "I feel happy this tyrant is out of the way.

"I'm not very much for killing and hanging from the human side of it, I probably wish he would have just stayed in prison, but at the moment I can't be anything but happy.

"This man caused hundreds of thousands of deaths, he was a very unjust tyrant, a very severe man, he was a psychopath who enjoyed killing people."

He said he thought there would be a "very major welcome" at the news of the execution among Kurdish people in Iraq.






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