In memory of

 

Bibi Gul, wife of Juma Khan

Hakimullah Khan, 5, son

Hamza Khan, 3, daughter

Juma Khan’s 5 other children

Abdul Qadir, a neighbor

died at 8 A.M. on November 19, 2001  

in suburb of Khanabad, town near the border with Tajikistan. The U.S bomb fell when the whole family of Juma Khan was sitting inside the house. Abdul Qadir, a neighbor, had dropped by. He too was killed. Juma Khan lost his wife, six children, his brother, and 7 of his brother’s children – 15 people in all. Juma Khan’s story was recounted in April 2002 by Carlotta Gall:

“It was a cold day in November when American planes bombed Khanabad and hit Mr. Khan's house. ''We were all sitting inside, 18 of us, when suddenly a bomb hit,'' he said crouching against a wall with his daughter. ''Just two of us are left.'' ''The house completely collapsed, and two beams landed on my shoulders.'' he said. ''But fortunately, I survived.'' Amina, who had been in another room, wriggled out from the rubble unhurt and ran for help. Neighbors dug Mr. Khan out. Then they dug deeper and found his wife, Bibi Gul, his seven other children, his mother, and his brother and wife and their five children. They were all dead. The house was hit in an intense battle as American warplanes pursued Taliban forces toward their last stronghold in the town of Kunduz. But Mr. Khan said the Taliban had withdrawn two days before. ''They destroyed our house and killed our children,'' he said of the American forces. ''They should help us.'' They live with relatives now, and his daughter often wakes at night, crying, he said. Amina, a clear-eyed, calm girl, said the same of her father. ''He has mental problems,'' she said. ''He wakes up at night.''

In her article, Carlotta Gall mentions that about 300 people were thought to have been killed in the U.S. bombing around Kunduz, and another 300 more in just five villages in eastern Afghanistan according to journalists who visited the areas. 

A U.S “precision” bomb