Wednesday, December 31, 2008

On Saddam Anniversary, Iraq Readies Macabre Museum

A museum worker shows to reporters a noose that will be displayed in a new Iraqi museum in Baghdad December 30, 2008. (Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters)

From Yahoo News/AP:

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The man putting together Iraq's newest museum doesn't like to be alone in his office, where he keeps bloodied nooses, a medieval-looking torture device and boxes of documents chronicling atrocities under Saddam Hussein.

"It's uncomfortable. You feel as if there's someone there with you," said the soft-spoken court official, who asked to go unnamed. To escape the eeriness, he works alongside colleagues next door.

On the two-year anniversary of Saddam's death by hanging, Iraq is preparing to open a new museum that will allow Iraqis to see up close such macabre mementos of mass executions, torture, and other atrocities committed in Saddam's decades-long rule.

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