On a visit to Iraq Camille spent a night with Uday Hussein. She told her story to Lara Marlowe. A French artist, Camille was in her mid's in , when she received a last minute invitation to join a French "friendship group" going to Baghdad. A political novice, Camille went on a whim, for the chance to travel and meet Iraqi artists. But the trip quickly turned into a nightmare. The group leader told us there were listening devices everywhere, that we had to say 'our friend Saddam Hussein' whenever we mentioned his name.
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Woman had rare insight into Uday's twisted world
And yet for all that Uday Saddam Hussein symbolised the brutality of the Iraqi regime, his powers were severely circumscribed. Although he retained the privileges of the much-indulged son of a dictator, he was shunted from the real centres of power in the military and security services by his quieter, younger brother Qusay. It was clear controllers realised that showing too many pictures of the most hated man in Iraq was hardly going to spur resistance. It was not the life that Uday had intended. Of Saddam's two sons, he was the flamboyant one - towering well over 6ft, with a penchant for fast cars and loud and drunken parties, expensive suits and flowing robes, as well as murder, rape and torture. His public duties ranged from the Iraqi Olympic Committee and the national football team, to Babel, supposedly an independent newspaper, and Shabab, or youth television, to the Iraqi Photographers' Association. He also was in charge of the dreaded Saddam Fedayeen militia.
He had one younger brother named Qusay Hussein. For years, people thought that Uday would become the head of Iraq after his father died. However, Uday lost this place to Qusay for several reasons: because Uday was badly injured in an assassination attempt; because his behavior was often out of control; and because his relations with his family became more and more troubled.