London, May 6 : A leading Arabic newspaper, which has got access to secret diaries purportedly belonging to the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, reveals that he was afraid he would catch venereal diseases, including HIV, from the US soldiers guarding his prison.
The London-based al-Hayat quotes Saddam's writings from prison as saying he thought he might get a disease from his American guards because they hung their clothes on his laundry line.
According to The Scotsman, the report also said that Saddam improved his English by talking with his guards and had intimate conversations with his captors.
Saddam also wrote how hard it was to have to ask for things, such as when he once requested a flower:
"It was a serious sacrifice from me to ask for the first time in my life."