Madrassa that is home to American students boasts of changing children’s beliefs
A new documentary reveals the change in two American children sent to study in an Islamic madrassa in Pakistan from “I want to go home” to “Americans are terrorists.”
The two children revealed in the documentary called “The Karachi Kids,” are Noor Elahi Khan and Mahboob Elahi Khan.
They have been the subject of an international campaign to obtain their freedom from the madrassa, and according to documentary promoters were escorted from the madrassa by American consular officers in Karachi who then dispatched them on the long trip back to the United States.
“I have been working for months to secure their exit from the madrassa and from Pakistan,” said Imran Raza, writer and director of the “Karachi Kids” documentary. “This is great news, but we need to get the other American children out of there, now.
“There are nearly 80 other Americans currently at this Jamia Binoria madrassa – that teaches Deobandism – the religion of the Taliban. Our government, and the Pakistani government, has more work to do to get the other American children out of there,” he said.
One American student who has spent years studying in Karachi now says, “Americans are terrorists.”
Raza found the brothers from Atlanta while making films about madrassas, and he returned to this particular school three times in four years to film their transformation from children who want to go home to dedicated campaigners for worldwide adherence to Islam.
“Children in the documentary film ‘The Karachi Kids’ describe beatings and human rights violations for those who rejected the radical teachings of their Taliban masters,” the filmmaker said in an announcement. “Children from California and Georgia are interviewed in the film from inside the madrassa and discuss coming back to the Untied States to spread extremism within our borders.”
In a trailer for the documentary, the headmaster of the madrassa states, “We work on altering the mindset of the students we are training, so when they return to their home countries, their mindset is such that they will work on altering the minds of others. That is why I’m appealing to you that at least 1,000 to 2,000 boys come to us so we can train them and they will go back to their home countries and do the work and make people understand.”
More than 100 American children already have graduated from his indoctrination program, he confirms.
The campaign on behalf of the Khan brothers has been pushed by Republican Rep. Michael McCaul, as well as Democratic Reps. Gene Green and Henry Cuellar.
McCaul said the U.S. government has provided all of the passport paperwork and permissions, and is was only “a question of the madrassas releasing these two American children.”
Noor Elahi Khan, 17, and Mahboob Elahi Khan, 16, are from the Atlanta area; their parents are Pakistani. They were born in the U.S. but were sent to Karachi several years ago by their father.
According to Fox News reports, a family member said the brothers were ordered to go to Pakistan to memorize the Quran because that was believed to allow the entire clan to gain entry to heaven.
The documentary reveals during their first interview with the filmmaker, the brothers made statements such as, “I miss my family so much.”
A second interview elicited comments such as, “I’m kind of like a robot with no feelings.”
Then earlier this year their statements included, “My main goal is to go back and spread Islam all over the USA,” and “You’re the terrorists. The Americans are the terrorists. We’re not the terrorists. No Jews died in 9/11. There were no Muslims behind 9/11,” the film reveals.