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Gloom in Saddam's Sri Lanka village

As many Iraqis celebrate the capture of their former leader Saddam Hussein, a state of gloom has descended upon a Sri Lankan village. The village of Saddam Hussein, just north of the city of Batticaloa on the island’s east coast, owes its survival – and its name – to the man now facing trial for crimes against his countrymen. The Muslim residents of the village are in shock. Saddam Hussein donated funds to rebuild the village after a cyclone laid waste to it in 1978. He was among many Arab leaders who offered to aid the disaster’s victims – and the people of the village have not forgotten this. Full Story

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