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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

A Supposedly Fun Thing

What effect could a fatwa imposed on one's parent have on a 9-year-old? In the case of Zafar Rushdie, he thought it "fun" and "cool". This is his reminiscence: "The fatwa was fun for me at first. I was nine, and I came home one day to find police in the house. It was really cool to be around these big guys with guns. But I soon found out enough to realise there was a big deal going on, and it wasn't good. "I'd answer the phone and this voice would say: 'We've got your number. We know where you are and we're going to come and kill you' I lost my childhood innocence early."


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