Shabani was a child laborer at the Kungenga Mine, in the Angola-Zaire border region, 1984.


Phantom Pain Incident

See also: Hospital Escape and Phantom Pain Incident

Shabani led and looked after a group of child soldiers from a captured Mbele squad, who greatly admired him.[1] As the oldest of the children in the mine, Shabani's voice broke earlier, after which he was moved to the Ngumba Industrial Zone along with all the adult prisoners for vocal cord parasite experimentation.[2][3]


Shabani's necklace visible on Tretij Rebenok.

The private force Diamond Dogs was sent to rescue him by freed members of the Mbele squad, although leader Venom Snake was ultimately unable to save him, after the facility was set ablaze by the Man on Fire on Skull Face's orders. Before his death by smoke inhalation, Shabani briefly formed a connection with the psychic child Tretij Rebenok, with an image of his necklace briefly becoming visible on the latter.

Shabani's actual necklace was given to the Mbele squad children by Snake upon returning to Diamond Dogs' Mother Base, where he nonverbally communicated the boy's fate to them. The necklace later fell into a chlorine disinfectant tank, although the sniper Quiet managed to retrieve it.


See also


  1. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015).
    Benedict "Kazuhira" Miller: Shabani was the leader of the boys being forced to work at the mine. He was separated from the others and taken away to Ngumba Industrial Zone. The locals call this place "Nzo ya Badiabulu" - the Devil's House. Shabani was the oldest among the kids. He looked after them, and apparently they really admired him.
  2. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015).
    Benedict "Kazuhira" Miller: According to the client, it wasn't just Shabani that was taken there. The adults were rounded up as well. That would explain why the only adults at the mine were PF soldiers. The question is why...?
  3. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015).
    Benedict "Kazuhira" Miller: We don't know why Shabani was moved to Nzo ya Badiabulu. The client has no idea either. It's not much, but he says "Shabani lost his singing voice." Meaning his voice started to break? That gives us an idea of his age.
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