How many Saddams to make a village?

Jan. 9, 2007 at 3:09 PM
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LAKHANOW, India, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- There's not much to picking out a name for new sons in the village of Lakhanow in northern India -- all the boys are being named Saddam Hussein.

The BBC says the name hardly was ever used before the first U.S. war against Iraq in 1991 but now there are more than 20 in Lakhanow and 100 others in 27 adjoining villages, mostly populated by Sunni Muslims.

Since Saddam's execution last month, Lakhanow villagers have decided to name all newborn boys Saddam Hussein.

"This is our way to pay tribute to our leader. We want to carry on his legacy here at least in our village," Ejaj Alam told the BBC.

Villagers admit, however, having so many Saddam Husseins in one place can be a bit daunting.

"In the playground we have Saddam Hussein running after Saddam Hussein, behind Saddam Hussein who is ahead of Saddam Hussein but too far from Saddam Hussein ... it can all get a little confusing," he said.

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