In memory of
Abdul Sattar Sharifi’s wife and daughter
killed during October 2001
in Kabul. The documentary film maker, Taghi Amirani, visited the Makaki refugee camp in Taliban-controlled territory on November 9, 2001. He interviewed refugees in the camp located in Nimruz Province close to the Iranian border. Mr. Amirani wrote,
I meet Abdul Sattar Sharifi, a driver from Kabul whose wife and daughter have been killed in the [U.S.] bombing.
His older burqa-covered daughter, Nafisa, is very outspoken about life under the Taleban.
"The people ruling this country don't know the first thing about government and governing," she says bravely within earshot of the Taleban.
Her father Abdul Sattar goes on to offer his view on the so called war against terrorism.
"If one American dies, the whole world hears about it. But Afghans are dying everyday and nobody pays any attention. Nobody asks who they are and how they are killed. Look at me; I've lost my wife and child and now live in dirt, and no one cares," Abdul Sattar said.
Nafisa speaks out from underneath her burqa
I also meet Hasan, a 10-year-old boy whose father is a television director from Herat. Hasan sees their predicament from a child's perspective but no less astutely.
"A few planes have hit an American building and America has got upset. Innocent people have been killed. We didn't do it and I don't know which country did. Now, because the planes have hit its buildings and people have been destroyed, America has decided to go to war with the people of Afghanistan," Hasan said.
Hasan is waiting with the rest of his family in Makaki
And that sums up the way the dispossessed people of Afghanistan see the war raging in their already battered land.
Killed by U.S. “precision” bombs