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Child Bombers - Afghan War's Latest Weapon

Posted by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 12:54 AM
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(CBS)  In Afghanistan, the innocent are learning the tactics of terror, reports CBS News Correspondent Mandy Clark.

Boys as young as 7 years old have to be held by an adult to withstand the recoil of an AK-47 as they are trained by the Taliban and al Qaeda.

Other children aren't trained but tricked into carrying bombs.

CBS News Special Report: The Road Ahead

"I lost my leg," 11-year-old Eidullah says, "I'm angry because we were not guilty of anything."

Eidullah was asked by the Taliban to deliver a fruit basket to a local commander who was cooperating with U.S. forces. Hidden in the basket was a bomb. However, the commander wasn't hurt because the bomb exploded prematurely -- maiming Eidullah and injuring his eight friends.

Some of their lives were saved by American surgeons at a nearby military hospital. Doctors say they are seeing more children involved in bombings.

"It shows the lengths that al Qaeda will go to and the indifference that they have to these pure kids," said Lt. Col. Benjamin Kam, an orthopedic surgeon.

The children recruited by the Taliban and al Qaeda are often willingly sent to the terror camps by their parents. The promise of free food, shelter and education for their sons is too difficult to turn down.

But the children who were tricked face a lifetime of painful procedures to treat their wounds.

Nine-year-old Mohammad had a nerve in his leg severed in the blast.

"Unfortunately he will lose function in this section of his leg. He'll eventually have to have it amputated," said Dr. Scott Russi, chief of surgery at Shamrock Combat Hospital.

Out of the nine children injured, two lost limbs, one lost sight. All of their lives will be forever altered.

Eleven-year-old Bachmaner was one of the lucky ones. He only suffered a broken leg. He wishes he could go back to his old life. "We all used to play soccer," he says, "now we can't walk without pain."

It's not childhood games that Eidullah is worried about now. His father is blind and as the oldest son, tradition demands that he take care of his family. Now, he doubts he can.

He, like hundreds of other children, are caught up in a war they had no expectation of fighting.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/10/15/eveningnews/main5386052.shtml

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cowgirlsr2
by Silver Member on Dec. 1, 2009 at 1:02 AM

These groups should be hung above a fire a fire set then let them get good and toasty but not dead then hang there asses and do it where everyone can see what happens when you do this shit. This is saaad monstrous serial killer mentality that needs snuffed out.

stormcris
by Christy on Dec. 1, 2009 at 1:36 AM

I think they really need to find a way to get a handle on this. I would think the UN would be interested in putting in schools and helping these children to keep them out of Al-Qaeda's hands.

Quoting cowgirlsr2:

These groups should be hung above a fire a fire set then let them get good and toasty but not dead then hang there asses and do it where everyone can see what happens when you do this shit. This is saaad monstrous serial killer mentality that needs snuffed out.


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jennylynne2003
by Member on Dec. 1, 2009 at 1:44 AM

That is such a damn shame, the men that organize this should be tortured for what they are doing. You would think some one would give a care to help these kids but i guess since there is no money in it they cant be bothered.

stormcris
by Christy on Dec. 1, 2009 at 1:48 AM

It appears that is the case.

Quoting jennylynne2003:

That is such a damn shame, the men that organize this should be tortured for what they are doing. You would think some one would give a care to help these kids but i guess since there is no money in it they cant be bothered.


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dsptchmommy
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 1:52 AM

 It makes me sick. There aren't words with how dispicable that is.

Della529
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 3:07 AM

Shouldn't we think about this?  Does this or does it not tell us that people in Afghanistan are struggling to eat, and provide shelter and education for them and their children?  I recall a US gangster who was loved by many because he fed people during the depression.  Both of my parents lived through the American depression and they had a lot to say about those who fed people.

I'd like to see a US program that actually showed our true selves, our hearts and our compassion.

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The children recruited by the Taliban and al Qaeda are often willingly sent to the terror camps by their parents. The promise of free food, shelter and education for their sons is too difficult to turn down.



 

stormcris
by Christy on Dec. 1, 2009 at 3:11 AM

Yes and I think since the UN loves the Children's Rights Treaty that they should be the first in line to go in and help this situation. How are they ever going to stop this action unless they take out the recruitment?

Quoting Della529:

Shouldn't we think about this?

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The children recruited by the Taliban and al Qaeda are often willingly sent to the terror camps by their parents. The promise of free food, shelter and education for their sons is too difficult to turn down.



 


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by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 6:25 AM

Absolutely right Della! 

Quoting Della529:

Shouldn't we think about this?  Does this or does it not tell us that people in Afghanistan are struggling to eat, and provide shelter and education for them and their children?  I recall a US gangster who was loved by many because he fed people during the depression.  Both of my parents lived through the American depression and they had a lot to say about those who fed people.

I'd like to see a US program that actually showed our true selves, our hearts and our compassion.

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The children recruited by the Taliban and al Qaeda are often willingly sent to the terror camps by their parents. The promise of free food, shelter and education for their sons is too difficult to turn down.



 


amygray
by on Dec. 1, 2009 at 7:23 AM


Quoting stormcris:

Yes and I think since the UN loves the Children's Rights Treaty that they should be the first in line to go in and help this situation. How are they ever going to stop this action unless they take out the recruitment?



 


So we draft a treaty that the countries sign.. but who is going to enforce it?  if these parents wanted better for their children they would do better..  who is going to pay for these schools and then protect them from al qeda?  

stormcris
by Christy on Dec. 1, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Do you realize how many schools we and other UN countries pay for? We pay for them in Israel, we as a country give money to UNICEF and they pay for these schools elsewhere, we have hundreds of funds that pay for schools all over so what are a few more? We donate food all over the world what is a little more. The UN is going to make us pay less developed countries money so they will do the right thing by the environment, we pay for much of Latin America through IMF, and since we "print the money" it really doesn't make a difference about a few schools a clothes does it.

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Quoting stormcris:

Yes and I think since the UN loves the Children's Rights Treaty that they should be the first in line to go in and help this situation. How are they ever going to stop this action unless they take out the recruitment?



 


So we draft a treaty that the countries sign.. but who is going to enforce it?  if these parents wanted better for their children they would do better..  who is going to pay for these schools and then protect them from al qeda?  


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