Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is an Emmy and Oscar award-winning Pakistani-Canadian journalist and documentary filmmaker. She was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. She has produced a variety of documentaries about the Muslim world to include one on Women in the Kingdom.
Having been raised in Pakistan, she also understands too well the mindset of Pakistan’s Taliban and the tactics they use to recruit young boys as suicide bombers.
She recently gave a presentation on TED about her documentary, “Pakistan’s Taliban Generation/Children of the Taliban.” In this video, Sharmeen provides her audience with a disturbingly candid view of how the Taliban recruits boys as young as five years old and prepares them to become suicide bombers.
Sharmeen does not speak with any Taliban but it’s not necessary. The young boys are not afraid to talk to her on camera and share their desire to become the next martyr in the War against the Infidel.
According to Sharmeen, the Taliban has constructed a simply yet highly effective modus operandi that works well for the recruitment and complete brainwashing of young boys. She highlights several key factors critical to the Taliban’s success:
- The Taliban prey on large poor families
- They promise food and shelter for the boy they have taken from the family
- Once the family agrees, they ship the children to their own schools
- They teach the children their version of the Quran
- The children are forbidden from books or radio not prescribed by Taliban teachers
- The Taliban create a total black out of any other source of information to the boys
- They teach the children to hate world they live in. The young boys are beaten and do not play any games.
- The boys are virtual prisoners
- Older Taliban fighters talk about glories of martyrdom to boys
- The boys are told and come to believe they will become heros through martydom
- The Taliban use videos with images of men, women, and children dying in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. They are told that the Western powers do not care about these deaths
- This is effectively their only way to glorify Islam by being a suicide bomber
Yet watching the portions of the documentary which Shareen has shared during her TED presentation, it seems that the young suicide bombers have killed and injured more of their own countrymen than infidels.
Shameen concluded her TED presentation with an excellent question, “If you grew up in these circumstances (of Taliban influence) faced with these choices, would you choose to live in this world or in the glorious afterlife?”
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