VIA| Belief systems differ from culture to culture but no two seem as disparate as the dominant ideology of the West and that of religious extremists. That said, however different our views may be to a militant fundamentalist, there are some things – like the fear of death – which remain the same.

As the war in Syria rages on, harrowing information has come to light regarding a suicide attack carried out by an Uzbek national. The attack took place on the Syrian villages of Fua and Kafriyeh and was orchestrated by the Uzbek Imam Bukhari Jamaat militant group, who have links to Al Qaeda.


The perpetrator is Jafar al-Tayyar, who was ordered to carry out the attack by much older men. Utilising an armoured car, he attempts to maintain composure as the other men give him words of encouragement. However, he bursts into tears as his coconspirators attempt to provide further persuasion.

With tears streaming down his face, al-Tayyar seems terrified by the idea of sacrificing his life. Offscreen, someone says; “Jafar, my brother, don’t be afraid. When you are scared, remember Allah.” Al-Tayyar states; “I’m just scared I won’t succeed”. He then proceeds to drive off and detonate the explosives. The video below may be distressing.

This reluctant young suicide bomber’s demise is a horrible thing to watch. Furthermore, it’s these actions which are causing families and communities to flee their homes and seek refuge abroad. When it comes to housing these refugees, many individuals are calling for compassion. However, others are asking for restraint and some are even showing a complete lack of empathy.