Omar bin Laden gave an interview to the British newspaper The Sun where he recounted the hard childhood he had to go through because of his father, Osamaleader of the terrorist organization Al Qaedaand the prejudices that he still has to endure because of his last name.
During his childhood in Tora Bora, Afghanistan, their pets were used to test chemical weapons. “I saw it,” Omar said of the horrible chemical experiments his father’s classmates did.
“They tried it on my dogs and I was not happy”, he assured. And he reflected: “I just try to forget all the bad times as much as I can. It is very difficult. You suffer all the time.”
A childhood marked by weapons
At such a young age, he was taught to shoot an AK-47 assault rifle in terrorist training camps. Omar, 41, who turned his back on his jihadist father before 9/11, defined himself as “another victim”.
The Sun interviewed the son of Osama Bin Laden. (Video The Sun)
Omar is a painter and his works sell for up to £8,500 each. “My favorite subject is mountains after living in Afghanistan for five years,” she noted as she painted. “They give me a sense of security, like I’m untouchable,” she added.
Next to Omar was his wife, mentor and confidant Zaina Bin Ladenwho when she was known as Jane Felix-Browne, was a parish councilor in Moulton, Cheshire, in the UK.
Zaina, 67 and six times married, described Omar as “her soul mate” although she noted that her husband still has “traumas” and “suffer stress and panic attacks”. His difficult relationship with his father led him to consult therapists and take medication.
“Omar loves and hates Osama at the same time. He loves him because he is his father, but he hates what he has done,” Zaina said.
Omar left Afghanistan in April 2001, just five months before al Qaeda crashed passenger planes into the Twin Towers in New Yorkkilling nearly 3,000 people.
Recalling his last conversation with his father, he revealed: “I said goodbye and he said goodbye”. “I had had enough of that world. I was not happy that I was leaving, ”she explained.
The death of Osama Bin Laden
They would never speak again. Omar was in Qatar on May 2, 2011 when he heard the news that US Navy Seals had murdered his father in a safe house in Pakistan. He did not shed tears for his murdered father.
He recognized the body of his brother Khalid from internet images of the raided compound in the city of Abbottabad. Frowning, Omar revealed, “I thought it was over and I wasn’t going to suffer anymore. And I was wrong, because people still judge me today.”
He would have liked a funeral to close the duel. The official US account is that bin Laden’s body was buried at sea from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson within 24 hours of his death.
“It would have been much better to bury my father and know where his body is.. But they didn’t give us the opportunity. I don’t know what they did to him. They say they threw him into the sea but I don’t believe it, “said Omar and added:” I think they took his body to the United States so that people could see it.
Omar Bin Laden refused his father’s wish and refused to be part of the terrorist group Al Qaeda
Bin Laden’s fourth eldest son, Omar, was born in saudi arabia in March 1981.
in 1991 Bin Laden was banished from Saudi Arabia for his tirades against the United States after forming al-Qaeda to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in 1988.
The family moved to Sudan in North Africa, where many of bin Laden’s jihadist fighters worked in his agricultural and road-building businesses.
US accuses Osama Bin Laden of running terrorist training camps in Sudan, where the authorities asked him to leave. In May 1996 he was back in the Tora Bora mountains in Afghanistan and chose 15-year-old Omar to accompany him.
The teenager became her tea boy, living in freezing huts and on meager rations. He was later joined by his mother and his brothers.
“I was in Afghanistan for five years“, said. Omar learned to shoot a Kalashnikov rifle and drive a Russian tank, but he was upset when fans began killing his pets to test chemical weapons.
He once recalled: “My father never asked me to join al-Qaeda, but He told me that I was the chosen son to continue his work”. However, he assured:He was disappointed when I said he wasn’t suited for that life.”.
When asked why he thinks his father chose him as his heir, he tells me: “I don’t know, maybe because I was smarter, that’s why I’m alive today.”
Omar Bin Laden at the World Cup in Qatar
His father also liked sports, although he says of the rumors that Bin Laden Sr. was Arsenal fan: “I never heard him say that he liked this or that team.”
LThe couple currently lives in Normandy, France. They met while she was horseback riding near the Great Pyramid, in Giza, Egypt, in 2007 and were married soon after.
In 2010 they tried to have a child together through IVF, but the British surrogate miscarried her twins at ten weeks.
Hoy, the couple is renovating flats in a 500-year-old building in Normandy to convert them into vacation rentals. They also plan to open a restaurant.
Omar dreams of visiting Zaina’s family in Britain.
After the death of the queen, made a tribute video on Tik Tok, saying, “I love the Queen. “People come and go and she was always there. King Carlos is very friendly and welcoming, especially with the Arabs and those from the Gulf.
Two years ago, to Omar was denied entry to Britain after the couple arrived by ferry in Portsmouth. He said: “When I set foot on English soil, we were taken straight to the interrogation room for many hours.” But he clarified: “they were very kind and very respectful.”
The couple was sent back to France when it was discovered that Omar’s documentation was not in order. He is now applying for a British visa.
When asked if his infamous last name helped him sell his artwork, Omar said: “My name has helped me a lot.”