Before Infamy: Childhood Photos of History’s Most Evil People

1. Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein is best known for his tyrannical presidential regime in Iraq from the 1960s to the early 2000s. His regime created decades of conflict between Iraq and the rest of the world. He helped develop Iraq’s first chemical weapons program, and was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.

Before that, however, he was born on April 28, 1937, to a shepherd who disappeared shortly before he was born. His older brother died from cancer. His mother was severely depressed, and was unable to care for him. She sent him to live with his uncle when he was three, and then when his mother remarried, he moved back in with her. His stepfather abused him horribly until he went to school in the 1950s.

Photo taken circa 1947, age 10 (approximately).

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