Taliban beheads two boys, ages 10 and 16, in Afghanistan

It is nothing new, but it is always shocking. Two young boys scavenging for food for their families were beheaded by the Taliban on Sunday. Photo: Taliban fighters in Afghanistan Photo: The Sun, UK

CHARLOTTEJune 14, 2013 – Two young boys, ages 10 and 16, were captured and beheaded by the Taliban in Southern Afghanistan on Sunday.

According to The Daily Mail in the UK, the boys, named Khan and Hameedullah, were collecting left-over food from a police post and taking it home to feed their families. Officials in the provincial government said the boys were accused of accepting food from the police in exchange for information against the Taliban. 

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The chief of Zhan district, Jamal Agha said, “The boys were on their way back, when they were stopped by Taliban insurgents who beheaded them. Both of them were innocent children and had nothing to do with government or foreigners.”

According to spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, Taliban fighters would never behead children and denied the Taliban’s involvement. He said the group’s civilian casualty commission would investigate.

A similar attack occurred in 2012 in the same region when a 16 year old boy was skinned and beheaded because the Taliban said he was spying for the government.

In another incident a 12 year old boy was beheaded because his older brother was a member of the Afghan police.

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In August, a six year old girl and a boy of 12 were kidnapped and beheaded in separate incidents in Kandahar. Elsewhere last year, in Helmand province, militants beheaded 15 men and two women for dancing at a party, although later reports claimed they had been informing on the Taliban.

Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban and officials believe the young boys were executed as a warning to other children to not co-operate with coalition forces. The severed heads and bodies of the boys were left on the ground in the middle of their village.

A few days earlier, fierce fighting had been raging near the airport in the capital city of Kabul. During those battles, seven Taliban fighters were killed in clashes with security forces.

The beheading of the boys came on the heels of those outbursts, even though the ten year old, who was extremely poor, had been known to gather food on a regular basis to help feed his family.

Stories such as these are, unfortunately, the rule rather than the exception throughout the world. They happen on a daily basis. So rampant are these incidents that we almost become numbed by their occurrence.

Anyone who has ever experienced the grotesque poverty of India, Egypt, Haiti or any number of other destitute places on the globe, knows only too well the overwhelming helplessness of being surrounded by impoverished people with no viable way to provide significant assistance.

The same is true of the horrors of the violence in war torn places where there is no respect for life.

Imagine if a similar story took place in our own country the outrage and coverage it would receive in the press. It would be a topic of discussion for weeks. Yet, shocking and disturbing at it may be, when it happens in a far away war ravaged land, we don’t even notice.

How such evil can exist and where does cruelty reach such extreme levels that innocent children are slaughtered as warning messages for the simple crime of being hungry?

Where did such a self-aggrandizing ideology arise that is so desperately important to its followers that it reaches so far beyond hatred as to be incomprehensible to any rational human being?

Perhaps we are, and have been, becoming victims of a 24-hour news cycle and instant access to the world through social media to the extent that our awareness of such events is higher than ever before.

Or perhaps the world has become increasingly darker. In the midst of scandals that rock the foundations of our country, political polarization that has lost all semblance of statesmanship, global conflicts that rage within countries with regularity and leaders who are incapable of telling the truth, the daily bombardment of news is overwhelming to the extent that it can no longer be absorbed.

The world has gone mad, and there seems to be no logical way to put an end to the anger.

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