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quarta-feira, 8 de janeiro de 2014

10-year-old girl refused to carry out a suicide attack

A ten-year- old Afghan girl named Spozhmai told police that her brother, who she said is a local Taliban commander called Zahir, had sent her on a suicide mission. He wrapped her in an explosives-packed vest and tried to convince her that the police- the target of the attack- would die but she would remain alive.  However she refused to blow herself up at a checkpoint in Helmand province.

While she was being forced to cross a river at night with her brother, she said the water was too cold and she wouldn´t do it. He took her home and her father bit her. She had to run away from home in the middle of the night. Early in the morning she surrendered herself to the police. 

Spozmai showed an incredible courage to frustrate her family terror plans.

Now, it seems President Hamid Karzai asked the interior ministry officials to reunite Spozhmai with her family after getting assurances of local leaders about her safety. 

What will happen to this courageous Afghan girl…? She should be attending school and playing with other children, preparing herself for a better life. 

At the moment I´m reading “I am Malala” the book of the Pakistan girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban. 

I hope the generation of these girls will have the possibility to choose their own destiny  in Afghanistan and Pakistan. 

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