Mar 2 2011
HEY! No fighting, little terrorists-in-training, you’ll all get a turn to practice becoming a martyr.
UK DAILY MAIL –PAKISTAN: A shocking video has emerged depicting children role-playing a Taliban suicide bombing. The 84-second clip shows Pashtun children recreating a terrorist attack, with one boy dressed in black – the ‘bomber’ – being embraced and wished well by his friends before setting off on his deadly mission.
In the single-take video, the ‘bomber’ then approaches another boy, dressed in white, who appears to be mimicking a member of the security forces and tries to stop him. But the young Jihadi then ‘detonates’ – with other boys throwing sand into the air to simulate the explosion – and others rush in to examine the children who are playing dead.
Ahsan Masood, a Pashtun from Waziristan in Pakistan, posted the video on Facebook because he ‘thought it was funny’. He said he believed it had been filmed in Khost, Afghanistan, and that it had been sent to him via his mobile phone by a friend.
It has been described as ‘horrifying’ by a children’s charity in Pakistan, but others have said it could be seen in a positive light as children role-play to deal with the violent circumstances they see in their everyday lives.
Salma Jafar of Save the Children UK in Pakistan, told The Guardian: ‘It’s horrifying and alarming. ‘These children have become fascinated by bombers rather than condemning them.’If they glamorise violence now, they can become part of it later in life.’
However, Pakistani media commentator Fasi Zaka called clip ‘the most amazing amateur video I’ve ever seen’. ‘It’s disturbing but also sophisticated and creative – a one-camera shot that captures it all. They are reproducing what they see in their lives around them.’