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Islamabad (Agenzia Fides) – The war operations of the Pakistani Army in the Swat Valley, in the North-West Frontier Province, are bearing fruit. In recent days, the soldiers have come upon a terrible phenomenon of ghastly violence, which has left the public in a state of shock: over 200 children between the ages of 8 and 13 had been kidnapped by the Taliban and trained to become "baby-kamikazes," suicide terrorists to be used against the enemy and civilians.
"The children have been brain washed to the point of saying that they wanted to kill their own parents," sources from the Pakistani army said. "The Taliban taught them that the Pakistani Army is the enemy of Islam."
The Taliban prefer to use children, as they are easily influences and less likely to be arrested. Now the youth are in need of what will be a slow
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psychological rehabilitation and constant assistance to reconver their childhood.
The non-governmental organizations present in the area have noted that the tragic phenomenon of child-soldiers used for guerrilla war fighting is present throughout the world and is in itself a heinous crime. Using children for suicide terrorism is even worse and provokes blind violence and an absolute violation, on the part of Taliban members, of human dignity.
(PA) (Agenzia Fides 29/7/2009)