I don’t know about you, but when I think about the raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound I envisioned Bid Laden hiding in his palatial spread with a handful of close operatives and lots of guards. Did it it even cross my mind that children would be living there too. Not at all. But there were kids living there, we’re talking oodles of kids. There were reportedly 23 children living in seclusion in the compound, 23 children who were home at the time of the dramatic raid. So, where are all the kids now?
The 23 children along with 9 women were handed off to Pakistani authorities where they are currently in custody and no doubt being questioned. The youngest were six children aged two to twelve, they were separated out from the rest and were taken to a Pakistani military hospital and currently remain in custody there.
One wonders what life must have been like in the compound for these children. Since Bin Laden had been hiding out there for the past six years, a few of these children may have born there and spent all their days behind these high walls. And these children were like prisoners, not allowed to go outside the compound. It is customary for the children of the neighborhood to be invited to each others homes but in this case no outsiders were ever allowed in. The only sighting reported thus far was from a woman who gave the children polio shots but she wasn’t even allowed in, the children were brought to the front door one by one. And it was noted by a local merchant that the people in the home went through very large quantities of milk.
In the end, it is nice to hear that none of these children were harmed during the raid and that compound wasn’t hit with a bomb but instead it was a shift operation.
Are you surprised to hear that so many children lived there?