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Last updated: 9 december, 2010 - 14:07 GMT

Pakistan's child suicide bombers

A security search of a child in Pakistan following an attack on a mosque by a teenage suicide bomber. Photo: Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images

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Many of the suicide bomb attacks which have claimed thousands of lives in Pakistan in recent years were carried out by young boys.

Some joined the militants of their own free will, whilst others were sold by their parents for small sums of money.

But when youngsters who have been trained by the militants are captured by the Pakistan Army, the challenge then is how to integrate them back into their communities.

In July of this year the Pakistan Army set up a special school for young boys whom they had taken back from militant factions.

This school is now independently run by an NGO.

It has the difficult task of completely changing the perspectives of these very troubled youngsters, who have been told that suicide bombing is a direct route to heaven.

One of the psychologists who has been working with these children spoke to Outlook's Matthew Bannister.

She explains how she tries to help the children re-build their lives.

She says "I believe that most children don't want to die, don't want to be involved in militancy if they realise the horror of the end results of militancy, unless they feel that living in this life is just not worth it."

The psychologist does not want to be named for security reasons.

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