In memory of

 

Najia, 14, and her 18 relatives

Mushfeqa’s uncle

Gul Agha’s mother and his 2 brothers

Abdul Jabbar’s 2 daughters and 2 sons

Mangal, a old farmer’s 20 relatives (4 men, 12 women, 4 children)

Noor Ahmed, 50, husband, brother of Belqas, 40

Masoona Ahmed, 35, wife of Noor

Saleh Ahmed, 35, husband

Zarmina Ahmed, wife of Saleh

Daulat Khan Bibi, husband of Sardar Bibi

Mohammed Yasin Bibi, 18 months, son of Sardar Bibi

Akhter Bibi, 14, son of Sardar Bibi

Najia Bibi, 15, daughter of Sardar Bibi

Maimana Bibi, 16, daughter of Sardar Bibi

Mariam Bibi, 18, daughter of Sardar Bibi

died as of 11 P.M in the night of October 22/23, 2001

in the small farming village of Chowkar Kariz, 60 kms north of Kandahar. According to villagers, U.S war planes fired projectiles which pulverized mud walls of homes, gouged craters 15 ft deep, and mowed down terrified fleeing villagers. The village was strewn with fragments of bombs, shrapnel, a gutted white car, boxes of soap, children’s shoes, women’s clothing and other domestic items. The U.S attacks lasted for 3 hours and when over, 52-93 civilians had died (including those listed above). Sardar Bibi, about 40, was injured but lost her husband and all of her 6 children. She recalled, “it was night about 11:30 or so….we were sleeping. Suddenly the bombardment started. We went out of the house because we were afraid they would bombard the house. Then, we were running with our neighbors. Another bomb fell down…The plane was circling and also shooting.” Naseer Mohammed, 20, and his niece, Najia Bibi, 15, had nearly made it out of the compound when bullets rained down. One bullet struck Nadia squarely in the chest, killing her instantly. Naseer hid in the entrance of a nearby cave and watched as the AC-130 gunship circled over the village, firing at people as they left their homes. Eighteen members of Sardar Bibi’s extended family perished (including 5 children). Shaida Ahmed, 14, terrified by the deafening gunfire, looked out of the glass window. Zamina Ahmed had grabbed her son, Sabir, 5, and ran into the courtyard of the family compound. Shaida Ahmed said, “the moon was shining and in the light, I saw her fall to the ground with Sabir still in her arms. I knew she had been shot…just because I hid in a room, I am alive…those who ran into the yard were killed.” The only survivor there was her little brother, Sabir, who was plucked from his dead mother’s embrace, bleeding from a head wound caused by shrapnel from the bullet that pierced his mother’s chest. From a hospital in Quetta, Shaida, 14, said, “Americans are not good…they killed my mother. They killed my father. I don’t understand why.” The next day, Noor and Masoona Ahmed and the other dead of Chowkar Kariz were loaded onto a tractor-trailer and taken to a graveyard. Villagers examine an unexploded U.S. bomb.

An AC-130 Spectre gunship and “precision” bombs