In Sympathy for

 

Sath Mohammad, 11

Fermina Bibi Mohammad, 7

injured in morning of November 1, 2001

Sath (above) lies in bed No.9 under a lettered sign "Bomb Blast Victim."

On Thursday, November 1st, eleven year-old Sath Mohammad was playing with a dozen children outside his house in the Kandahar city district of Rozgan Wiliat. Sath says, "the planes came over and started dropping bombs." One landed close by, almost severing Sath's leg below the knee and throwing his sister, Fermina, 7, into the air. The brother, Abdul, and sister lay in miserable conditions in the government's Sandeman Civic Hospital in Quetta. Fermina had her hands swathed in bandages and a dazed look on her face.

"we were crying when the bombs fell. People ran to get my father who brought us to Pakistan. I didn't see any of the other children. I only saw my brother…"

After arriving at Sandeman, doctors decided to amputate Sath's leg at the knee to forestall spreading infection. Sath's beloved sport is Afghan wrestling. The children's father, Taj Mohammad says his son's life has been ruined before it started,

"we cannot put into words how we feel about the people who did this," he said.

When their father, Mohammed saw his children, bloodied and blackened from the blast, he wept. Then, he borrowed the money to bring them to the hospital in Quetta, the best he could do for them. Seven-year-old Fermina Bibi, from the Afghan city of Kandahar, lies in a hospital bed in Quetta, Pakistan, on Nov. 2nd (photo above).

"Look at this small boy and that small girl," the children's father said, "He is not Osama, and she is not Taliban. So why did America bombard them?"

Sath Mohammad had simple dreams : "I wanted to read and to work with my father."

Victims of a U.S. “precision” air strike in Kandahar