In memory of

 

Mushfeqa’s mother

Mushfeqa’s brother

Mushfeqa’s uncle 

died around 11 P.M. on October 22, 2001

in the desert village of Chowkar Kariz. Mushfeqa, 20, and two sisters recovering from shrapnel wounds in a Quetta hospital, recalled how they and their extended family had fled from the city of Kandahar to their rural homes in Chowkar Kariz when the heavy U.S bombing of Kandahar began. Mushfeqa continued, “it was at about 11 p.m. First, one plane came and dropped a bomb. We ran out of the home, because we were afraid to die there. Then, some went back inside. I was at the door, and some of the small children were outside. Then the plane came and it was firing. I saw my mother and my brother shot. My uncle ran to his car to turn off the lights. Then a bomb hit the car and he died….when the next bomb came, I was inside the room. I was injured from the shrapnel.” All witnesses said the U.S aircraft which returned to the village, firing its guns, killed many people. Masuda Sultan whose family lived in Chowkar, visited the bombed desert village months later. She wrote about the U.S attack, “my cousins had fled the bombs in Kandahar for a quiet village about 1 ½ hours into the desert. But the village was not quiet for long. A few days after they had arrived, one evening they heard bombs exploding around them. A pregnant cousin was sliced in half by shrapnel as she ran out the door. The children made it out and scattered every which way in the dark to avoid the automatic rounds being fired by a low-flying AC-130 gunship. One cousin, 16 years old, was picked up by her father, who tossed her over his back as he ran. When he stopped to check on her, he realized that she was dead. Another little girl showed me where bullets had grazed her body and told me of how her sister died net to her, with blood pouring out of her head.”

A U.S bombing attack and strafing by an AC-130