In memory of


Barakat Abdullah’s 2 sons

died in mid-November 2001

in a village near Kandahar in a U.S. “precision” strike upon a small village. It was mid-November, Barakat Abdullah, a 54-year-old veteran anti-Soviet mujahideen fighter, thought he had seen the worst in his long life.   All of a sudden, U.S. warplanes bombed his village near Kandahar. He said he had never before witnessed such a devastating sight: neighbors fleeing their homes, bodies afire. The inferno and vastation was so massive that he could not bury the bodies of his two dead sons. 35 other family members and friends perished. Barakat said, “I was on my way home when a bomb was dropped on our village. Only with one bomb my whole village was destroyed. It was not an explosion but a huge fireball which enveloped the whole village.” The next day, he took his wife and four remaining children, including two daughters, on a five-day trek over 100 kms to the Pakistani border and the Roghani refugee camp in Chaman. He concluded “we have never hated the Americans but after witnessing the death of our neighbors and destruction of our village with only one attack, we can no longer conceal our contempt.”

A U.S. “precision” bombing strike