Suicide Families, the Last Horror of Jihad

By Souad Sbai

The 13th and 14th of May 2018 mark a date to be remembered. These are the days of the organized attacks against the Christian churches in Indonesia and show the birth of a new phenomenon: the “kamikaze families.” Indeed, terrorists did not act alone to carry out the attacks, but they also used their own children.

The 13th and 14th of May 2018 mark a date to be remembered. These are the days of the organized attacks against the Christian churches in Indonesia and show the birth of a new phenomenon: the “kamikaze families.” Indeed, in order to carry out the attacks, the terrorists linked to the Indonesian cell of ISIS named Jamaah Ansharut Daulah, did not act alone, but they even used their own children, all aged between 9 and 18 years.

Four suicide attacks in which the jihadists blew themselves up, causing victims among the Christian minority of Indonesia. Indonesia is the most important Muslim country in the world, taking into account the number of faithful: there are more than 200 million Muslims, that is more than 87% of the population.

The four consecutive attacks have sparked fear and despair not only in the Christian population, but also in the moderate Islamic population. The latter makes up the majority, but there are also significant salafist and jihadist infiltrations related to ISIS and, in some cases, to Al Qaeda.

Although it is a new issue to be analyzed, the phenomenon of the “kamikaze families” fits perfectly into what we could call the classic process of radicalization run by the numerous proselytists tied to the Muslim Brotherhood throughout the world. Entire families offer their own lives by enlisting in the ranks of the proselytism linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. A radicalized mother and father are able to exercise a huge power over their children, even driving them to the extreme sacrifice.

There are differences, but this case reminds us what we saw in Syria and Iraq at the time of the maximum expansion of ISIS: 8 and 9-year old children killing prisoners in cold blood, slaughtering, wielding rifles, and brandishing knives.

Radicalized by their families, mainly by the fathers but also by those mothers who are part of the Al Khansa Brigade, the women’s brigade in Raqqa responsible for controlling if women were wearing the niqab and respecting the rules imposed by the jihadists. The families based in Raqqa, ISIS stronghold, were already kamikaze families to a certain extent. Similar to this, Nigerian girls are unknowingly sent by Boko Haram to make themselves blown up in markets with a backpack loaded with explosives, causing victims after victims including the same attackers, who acted as unaware instruments. The Indonesian kamikaze families are the evolution of what we have said.

But this issue does not regard only the radical Sunni camp. A few months ago, Human Rights Watch denounced the alleged training and use of Afghan immigrant children in Iran by the Iranian militias to fight against ISIS and Al Nusra. All children were under 15 years of age.

Obviously, the underlying macro-problem refers to the social and psychological condition of the children, and also to their future.

The last year, 60% of girls of Maghrebi origin in Italy did not attend compulsory school, but the situation is even worse in Indonesia.

Jihad and proselytism are always around the corner, ready to win confidence first, and then the blind acceptance of men, women and children through radicalization.

Entire families become time bombs ready to be activated through the massive indoctrination that has, as its only purpose, the planned self-destruction.