Friday, May 28, 2010

Friday TED Talk: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on Recruiting Children as Suicide Bombers

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, a documentary film producer from Pakistan, has spent a good deal of time talking to young students recruited by the Taliban as future suicide bombers. In her talk below, given at TED this past February, she shows excerpts of her interviews, taken from her latest documentary. The message she conveys of cold-blooded manipulation in the name of religion that sees the world in binary terms ("followers" and "infidels") could not be more chilling:

There is more about Ms. Obaid-Chinoy at this page, and at her home page, where you can learn a good deal about all the films she has made. Watch her talk in a high-res version at this link; and download it in that and other formats from this page. The comments on her talk at the TED site are worth a read, too.

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