Two brothers are returning home to Georgia Thursday, after an international battle between their parents and an Islamic Madrassa where they were studying. The two brothers have been in the Pakistan school for four years and are the focus of a newly released documentary entitled “The Karachi Kids“.

Noor Elahi Khan, 17, and Mahboob Elahi Khan, 15, are from the Atlanta area; their parents are Pakistani. They were born in the U.S. but were sent to Karachi’s Binoria Institute in 2004 by their father, a taxi driver. Their father, enraged at the influence of American culture on his children, sent them into the madrassa with instructions that they must memorize the Koran before they are allowed home — a process which takes about seven years. That would have made these kids only 13 and 11 when they arrived at the school.

The boys’ story became known after documentary filmmaker Imran 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.”

“The Karachi Kids” reveals a steady and tragic radicalization of these teenagers. During their first interview, Noor and Mahboob, 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.”

After news of the Documentary began to circulate, the campaign on behalf of the Khan brothers was pushed by Republican Rep. Michael McCaul, as well as Democratic Reps. Gene Green and Henry Cuellar all from the great state of Texas. McCaul said the U.S. government has provided all of the passport paperwork and permissions, and it was only “a question of the madrassas releasing these two American children.” The boys’ release follows an appeal from the congressmen directly to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. The family says they did not contact McCaul or the others for help.

Imran Raza released the following statement regarding the return of two American brothers to Atlanta:

“I am grateful for the safe return of the two American children from Atlanta from a Taliban- backed madrassa but the mullah claims to have up to 78 more in his institution. The headmaster comes to the United States once a year and personally recruits American children to enroll in his madrassa.

The remaining 78 children must be returned to the United States. This pipeline to jihad must be closed.

Let me be clear – these children do not learn math, or science, or liberal arts. They learn one thing – they memorize over the course of seven years every verse of the Koran coupled with the radical interpretation of their teachers.

This is just the first step in integrating these children back to American society. I am proud we did our part so we could say ‘Welcome Home.’

It is imperative that Members of Congress and the State Department undertake an accounting of just how many Americans are in the other 20,000 madrassas in Pakistan. Hundreds remain behind.”

A pipeline to Jihad. American children learning at the feet of the Taliban – sent there by their parents. Watch the trailer of “Karachi Kids” at the end of this post. It is powerful. And pray hard for Noor and Mahboob.





Trailor for “Karachi Kids” Video
Documentary About American Boys in Madrassa