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Nadhim Zahawi: how I escaped Saddam’s Iraq

The Education Secretary has come a long way since his Baghdad schooldays

12 March 2022

9:00 AM

12 March 2022

9:00 AM

One night in December 1977, when Saddam Hussein was deputy leader of Iraq and already the strongman of the government, Nadhim Zahawi’s father was tipped off that Saddam’s secret police were after him. Zahawi, a Kurd working in Baghdad, decided to leave right away. He phoned the office to say that he was travelling to the north of the country for work and quickly set about his escape.

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