Indian engineer named Saddam Hussain cannot get a job - BBC News

When your name is Saddam Hussain life can get a bit tricky. This is the case for an Indian engineer named Saddam Hussain who cannot get a job. Saddam Hussein was executed more than ten years ago, but he remains a huge presence in this man's life.Hussain is a marine engineer in India who doesn't blame his grandfather for giving him the Iraqi dictator's name over 25 years ago. But after time and time again being refused jobs, he has concluded employers are loath to hire him. Even though his name is spelled a bit different as Hussain instead of Hussein, he is still having trouble being refused a job over 40 different times. Two years after Hussain graduated from Tamil Nadu's Noorul Islam University, this man born in Jamshedpur in Jharkhand is feeling strain, to say the least. Hussain did well at college, and his classmates have already found jobs, but Hussain can't even get a job at shipping companies as people are scared to hire him. Hussain says employers fear complications from an encounter with immigration officials across international borders. Hussain thought he might easily get around this obstacle, by getting a new passport, a driving license and more. But Hussain's job applications are still not proceeding smoothly as he cannot provide any proof, under his new name, that he went to school and he's still having difficulty. Hussain has another court hearing on May 5th, hoping to force authorities to change the name on his secondary school certificates, after which his graduation papers will need amending.

Hussain is not the only person with this problem; there are plenty of others who feel cursed with a name that was originally given in tribute to a leader whose legacy is that of a brutal dictator. Being Saddam in Iraq is a problem for many. One Saddam, who is a journalist and works in Ramadi, a Sunni city located in the desert province of Anbar, said that his father was fired from his government job because he could not convince his superiors he was not a member of the dictator's Ba'ath party.

Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti was born in 1937 and was executed December 30, 2006. Hussain was the fifth President of Iraq and served as President from July 16, 1979, until April 9th, 2003. Hussein was a leading member of the revolutionary Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party, and later, the Baghdad-based Ba'ath Party along with its regional organization the Iraqi Ba'ath Party. This party espoused Ba'athism, which is a mix of Arab nationalism and socialism and Saddam Hussein played a key role in the 1968 coup that was later referred to as the 17 July Revolution. The coup brought the party to power in Iraq. Saddam was hanged on the first day of Eid ul-Adha, December 30th, 2006. The execution took place despite his wish to be shot, which the dictator felt would be more dignified. The execution of Hussein was carried out at Camp Justice, an Iraqi army base located in Kadhimiya, a neighborhood of northeast Baghdad.

Video of Hussein's execution was recorded on a mobile phone, and his captors could be heard in the background insulting him. The video of his execution was leaked to electronic media and then posted on the Internet within hours, and became the subject of global controversy. The head guard at the tomb where Hussein's body lay, claimed that the body had been stabbed six times after the execution. This is just one of the stories you will find on the BBC site. The site has world news, business, today's top celebrity news, tech, science, celebrity rumors and more. **

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