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Saturday, 31 January 2009

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In Baghdad the director of an Iraqi orphanage says a huge shoe sculpture honoring an Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at former President George W. Bush has been removed.

Fatin al-Nassiri says Iraqi police told her the statue had to be removed from the orphanage in Tikrit because government property should not be used for something with a political bias.

"And we had already quilted a huge sock for the orphans to snuggle down in", stated Fatin.

She says the two-story statue of a shoe was taken down on Saturday after being unveiled on Thursday.

"After taking the statue away on a big flatbed truck, the people threw shoes at the drivers."

When contacted, the police department stated that the shoe had been donated to an old lady with "many children".

"She was whipping one as we left. I think she could use the big shoe."

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