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To Stay Alive, Iraqis Change Their Names

There was nothing out of the ordinary about the young man clutching a sheaf of papers at the birth certificate office, except for his name: Saddam Hussein al-Majid. “All three of your names match his,” the clerk at the desk said with a laugh, referring to Iraq’s deposed leader. “That’s unbelievable!” Mr. Hussein shrugged in exasperation. “What can I do?” he said. His parents had chosen the name, not he. Full Story

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