The depravity of these people things never ceases to amaze me.

Kabul — Sherzai was 13 years old when his uncle sold him to Taliban insurgents for 15,000 Pakistani rupees (170 dollars).

‘Then the Taliban told me to carry out a suicide attack,’ he said, now in a juvenile correctional facility in Kabul. ‘They said I would be a martyr and I would go to paradise.’

Sherzai, a shepherd with no father and a bed-ridden mother, is from Gardez city, the provincial capital of Paktia province that borders Pakistan and is the focus of military operations.

Sherzai escaped shortly after he was sold to the Taliban. But he was arrested, and a court sent him to the centre where he studies and takes vocational training in carpet weaving, tailoring and computers.

He shares his room with nine other children who are in the centre for various offences.

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