In Sympathy for

Mohammad Raza, 35, father of 10

his wife and two children

injured at 9 P.M., October 7, 2001

Mohammad Raza, a farmer and odd-job man, was not lucky, becoming possibly the first civilian victim of the United States attack upon Afghanistan. Raza had just stepped out of a friend’s car at 9 p.m. and he was walking back home to his village on the outskirts of Jalalabad, 2 kms from the airport. A cruise missile targeted at a Taliban facility "a few hundred yards away", strayed and landed next to him. Shrapnel pierced his neck, grazing his spine, paralyzing him. The 35 year-old farmer was critically wounded. He was initially treated at a clinic in Jalalabad, but was transferred to Peshawar, Pakistan, because of the seriousness of his wounds. Raza's village neighbors pooled together the $10 fare needed to take him on the 130 kms bus ride (photo by Henning Lillegard). Rais Khan, Raza’s cousin, said “my cousin was only returning to his house when he was hit. What did he do wrong? Where are we going to get money for his family now?” One of Raza’s two wives and 2 of his children were also injured and treated at Jalalabad’s hospital.

Victim of a U.S. “precision” air strike – “what did he do wrong?”