ROBERT MORRIS: The Terror Of Hiding

In Kuwait ROBERT MORRIS spent 120 days in isolation, fearing the Iraqi soldiers and wondering whether he would outlast Saddam Hussein. Now he worries about the fate of the Kuwaitis.

Q. How did you avoid being discovered by the Iraqis?

A. We lived in secrecy. It was exhausting, but we kept strict rules. Windows were always covered with heavy blankets so that people outside saw no body motion inside. At night all lights stayed off. We used only the glow from a TV set fixed on mute. We had to beware of everything we did. In an empty building, something as simple as dropped silverware makes a racket. To cut noise I took showers at 3 o'clock in the morning. Even our cooking smells in outside hallways became a danger signal.


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