Assigned Reading: I agreed to be a suicide bomber
(FROM: BBC News)
Ever wonder where suicide bombers come from? Well here’s one thing you should know: they aren’t always volunteers.
There were five people who came after me from a place in Bajaur. They tricked me. They told me they were going to behead my father.
I went with them but my father wasn’t there. They tied me up.
They said: ‘You have two choices. We will behead you, or you will become a suicide bomber.’ I refused.
There were two more guys of my age. They were also training to be suicide bombers. If we refused they would tie our hands behind our backs, blindfold us and start beating us.
They brainwashed us and told us we would go to heaven. They said ‘there will be honey and juice and God will appear in front of you. You will have a beautiful house in Heaven’.
We used to ask them to let us out to pray. They would reply ‘you are already on your way to heaven. You don’t need to pray.’
They beat me hard for five days. I wasn’t given any food. While they were beating me I agreed to become a suicide bomber. They separated me from the other boys.
Even after agreeing to kill himself the young man was heavily drugged before they finally put a suicide vest on him and sent him to the mosque of a cleric who had condemned the Taliban. The young man refused. He eventually escaped from the Taliban and returned to his home. Now?
I want to join the army because they are the defenders of the land. They are fighting for the right cause. I want to fight against the Taliban. I have no other intention except to defend my country. The Taliban should be eliminated.
I want to tell the Taliban that they are cruel, and what they did to me was unjust. I can’t kill innocent Muslims.
I am not afraid of them. I am only afraid of God. I am answerable only to Him.
Afghanistan needs more such young men.