In memory of

 

The groom, Abdul Malik’s  9 family members (mother, father, 4 sisters and 3 brothers)

died around 2 AM on July 1, 2002

in the village of Kakarak in Uruzgan Province. Abdul Malik, 18, a farmer, was to be married on the following day to the daughter of Mullah Anwar Akhund. The wedding was to unite the children of 2 important local families and friends had gathered. The pre-nuptial party was in full swing, but as is tradition neither bride nor groom were present and escaped certain death. Ahmed Jan Agha who was playing a traditional drum recalled, “the first rocket hit the women’s section. The second hit the men’s section. Then everybody started running. The airplanes were shooting rockets at the people running away. They were chasing us...” The next day, the groom, Abdul Malik returned to the scene, “my heart is burning with rage. The Americans should be put on trial…if someone handed over the whole of Afghanistan to me, it would be no compensation for this…” Abdul Malik buried his entire closest family on his wedding day.

As of December 2001, three AC-130 U.S. Air Force’s Special Forces gunships were based at the old Soviet air base, Karshi-Khanabad or K2, in Uzbekistan. These aircraft were responsible for this wedding massacre.