Terrorist Comic Book Character To Teach Children

Ali Imron

Ali Imron

Will scaring children with colorful drawings teach them a lesson about terrorist recruits? From BBC news:

The only surviving perpetrator of Indonesia’s deadliest terrorist attack, Ali Imron, is an unlikely comic book subject.

But the story of his journey from young Muslim to convicted terrorist has been chronicled in a new comic book.

Some 10,000 copies of Ketika Nurani Bicara, or When the Conscience Speaks, will be circulated in schools and libraries from next month, in an attempt to warn the country’s youth of the dangers of Islamic extremism.

Ali Imron is currently serving a life sentence for his role in the bombing of the popular resort of Bali that killed 202 people, many of them foreign tourists.

He escaped the death sentence because he repeatedly expressed remorse, and co-operated with police.

“From the time I was instructed to bring the bomb… there was already doubt in my heart. Is this really jihad?” he said at his trial in 2003.

The comic is published by Lasuardi Birru, a not-for-profit organisation based in Jakarta, which works to tackle extremism among young people.

The head of the company, Dhyah Madya Ruth, told the BBC it took a year to gather the material.

“The most difficult thing was getting Ali Imron to open up and talk to us,” she told the BBC’s Indonesian service.

Continues at BBC