“I love my job, I love journalism- I want to tell the top stories in the world,” Afghan-born journalist Najibullah Quraishi told me, by phone.
I have heard plenty of journalists around the globe say such things. But he isn’t just saying it. He risked his life to get to the core of the most important story in the world right now.
Tuesday night, Quraishi reports for PBS’ Frontline from inside ISIS held territory in Afghanistan. Quraishi, has reported from Afghanistan for a decade, has traveled with Taliban fighters but this time was invited, by ISIS, to document how ISIS fighters are teaching “jihad lessons” to elementary school children. In one scene, viewers witness “children being taught how to kill people, how to behead, and how to become suicide bombers.”
Even for a journalist who has covered war close-up since 2001, Naj told me that what he saw in the course of recording this documentary shook him. Read more