In Memory of

 

Shabir Ahmed’s mother, father and eldest brother

 

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

in the small farming village of Chowkar Kariz, 60 kms north of Kandahar. Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah wrote from Quetta,

"hearing planes firing overhead, a man in a small farming town outside Kandahar, Afghanistan, ran out to turn off the headlights of his car. He was gunned down. His eldest son ran after him. He was also killed."

She continues quoting from a relative at the Quetta hospital,

"The mother and wife ran after the mortally wounded son and husband. She too was shot down, falling on top of a toddler who was in her arms, shielding him from the gunfire. The boy, Shabir Ahmed, 4, lay unconscious at the hospital Friday, awaiting surgery to remove two, 2-inch pieces of shrapnel imbedded in the back of his head. Gauze covered a hole in his back. Residents of the town… said the planes flew low, only 50 feet in the air."

A four year-old was shot in the back. Residents said 19 members of Shabir Ahmed's family perished. The photo above shows an Afghan removing debris from a destroyed home (Reuters photo).

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