Saddam read poetry

Saddam ‘read poetry, fed the birds’ |

FORMER Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was an avid reader, fed birds and told jokes while he was in US custody, according to a military nurse who looked after him.

Robert Ellis, 56, an operating room nurse assigned to Saddam during his US military detention, described a courteous, contemplative figure in stark contrast to the brutal reputation Saddam earned during his rule over Iraq.

“He basically talked about his wife, and his children,” Sgt Ellis said on CNN today.

“He was an avid reader. Loved to read and write. He had a lot of stories that he had written.

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