Children Forced to “Serve” as Suicide Bombers

When I taught my Women and Violence course at Lehigh University in 2009, I ended the course with a discussion about what violence would begin to look like as we continued in this “new age” of terrorism.  I worried that children would become/be forced to be the next generation of suicide bombers.  Mobility.  Perceived innocence.  No one would imagine they would be violent–just as we had said about women–and so they would be the best/most awful new frontier of perpetrators of mass violence.

Well, two days in a row, the NYT has run a story on a child sent into the fray as a suicide bomber:  one girl–Zahra’u Babangida in Kano, Nigeria; one boy–Usaid Barho in Baghdad.

I Hate It When I Am Right (though my partner would disagree with that statement).

But this morning when I spent some time reading what others have been saying about this use of children, I found this film.  I will be watching it soon, but I wanted to share it in case any of you out there have been growing more and more concerned about the role of children in warfare.  I found this interview with the film’s maker Brooke Goldstein to be thoughtful and thought-provoking.

<p><a href=”″>The Making of a Martyr</a> from <a href=”″>Skeptic</a&gt; on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>


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