In memory of

 

Baz Muhammad, 65

Sadima Mohd, 8, injured

Sath Mohd, 11, and Parmina Mohd, 7, injured

Jamila (35)’s nine family members, killed

killed and injured in U.S. bombing ca. October 23, 2001

 

in small villages like Kali Tazi (some 70 kms north of Kandahar city) in Uruzgan Province (sometimes mis-spelled in reports as Rozgan). These villages were heavily bombed, leading to an exodus of residents into Pakistani border towns like Quetta. The area was the birthplace of Mullah Omar who lived there until joining the anti-Soviet fight. A U.S bomb severely injured 65-year-old Baz Muhammad, who succumbed on the way to Quetta in an Edhi Foundation ambulance on October 26th. The Mohd children were injured while playing outside their home by shrapnel from a U.S. “precision” bomb. Their father, Taj Mohd, transported them to Quetta’s Sandeman Provincial Hospital. Eight-year-old Sadima Mohd was trapped in her home by a U.S. bombs. She recounted, “It was in the daytime and I was with my mother in the house when a bomb fell and the house collapsed.” Sadima’s grandfather, Khain Mohd, explained, “when the planes come we don’t see them, it’s just when the bombs fall. It is terrible…On this day many walls of many houses fell. Many people were trapped inside and many people died and were injured. Most of them were children and young men.” On October 24th, Jamila, 35, had two sons and two daughters. At about 8:30 P.M. a deafening explosion rocked her village. The next day, she had lost nine of her family members – including husband, sons, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and daughter. The independent (not embedded) journalist, Amir Latif, wrote what happened after meeting Jamila in a Quetta hospital:

 

Jamila, who was being treated for multiple fractures in her leg, arms, and shoulder, did not want her picture taken. "We were having dinner at that night. It was probably 8 or 8:30 P.M, suddenly, a deafening explosion rocked the entire village which was followed by a series of explosions," she said, adding, "My children and mother-in-law started screaming in panic." "'Americans have attacked' my husband shouted. 'Extinguish the candles', he asked me," said Jamila. She said she quickly followed his instructions. "We did have electricity in and around the village, but due to American air strikes, the inhabitants of our area had been directed by Taliban administration not to put the lights on after Maghrib [sunset] prayer," she said. "I cannot explain exactly what happened," Jamila said, choking back tears. "[I] only remember a huge explosion and I lost my senses. When I came to conscious, I saw my relatives and other villagers engaged in digging through the debris and mud to find out the dead bodies of their near and dear ones. "My first question was about my children and husband. I asked one of my relatives who recovered me from the wreckage of my destroyed house, about my inmates. He kept quite. He did not answer saying every thing is all right now. The attack is over. Don't move. You are injured." "I felt that I was covered with blood," she added. "But I kept asking about my children and other family members. On my insistence, he told me that my elder son, Waheedullah, younger Shakir, and youngest daughter Saima had been returned to Allah", she said, her eyes dampened and an air of melancholic reflection surrounding her. "My mother-in-law, brother-in-law and four other [friends] also died in the attack," Jamila added. "My husband, Ghaziullah, and a daughter, Shakira, were seriously injured. They were brought to Kandahar general hospital, where my husband was pronounced dead," she added. "I don't want to say anything more," said Jamila. "I just want to ask Americans what they have achieved after killing my innocent children and other family members. Were they terrorists? Did they kill any American?"

 

Killed by U.S. “precision” air strikes