In Sympathy for

Rais Khan, 22, a farmer

injured at 3 A.M. in November 2001

in the hamlet of Mangar Gabla in Paktia near the border with Pakistan. A U.S. “precision” bomb struck the hamlet severely injuring Rais. His cousin, Aziz, took him on an agonizing 12-hr ride in the back of a mini-truck over battered roads to a hospital in Pakistan. The Rais family had to pay 4,000 Pakistani rupees (about $ 70) for Rais to be brought to the Hyatabad hospital in Peshawar. A steel rod was inserted into Rais Khan’s leg supported by a rope jerry-rigged to a weight made of two bricks. Feet blue and black and fingernails a fading red, Rais is going to get better, say the doctors and nurses. Four patients – serial numbers 1, 2, 28 and 43 – have expired. Many from Kabul and other far-flung regions have head injuries or shrapnel wounds from U.S. “enduring freedom” bombs. Gundhi Gul would still have legs to walk on were if not for the 12-hr journey to Pakistan says his cousin, Isman Safillah. Report filed by Christopher Johnson in Peshawar dated December 6, 2001.

Victims of U.S. “precision” bombing – how Enduring Freedom feels on the ground