Children, Suicide Bombers, and That Place Between Privilege and Despair

Many people have heard of the invisible children in Africa, but there’s a recent TED talk about schools for children suicide bombers in the Taliban. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy worked with children under training and with Taliban recruiters for a year to document their efforts. Recruiters target poor families and promise free food, care, and compensation. 5 step process: (1) separate parents from children from poor regions, (2) teach the Koran heavily distorted with no access to any media, (3) make the children hate the world with beatings and harsh living circumstances, (4)  talk about the glories of martyrdom, (5) effective propaganda. First, the brain-washing and training … Continue reading Children, Suicide Bombers, and That Place Between Privilege and Despair