In Memory of
XXX2, a young woman, Razia’s neighbor
on the night of October 10/11, 2001
in the poor neighborhood of Qala-e-Chaman, 2 kms west of Kabul Airport. The following is drawn from first-hand reporting by Gwen Florio and Karl Gehring of the Denver Post. On the fourth night of the U.S air campaign to end terrorism, October 10/11, a U.S war plane dropped a bomb which landed near the World Food Program bakery [instead of the airport], completely destroying it and killing one young woman, injuring four others. It leveled several homes and destroyed the bakery, leaving Razia, 31, and her two friends jobless and without income (1). The house where she lived was destroyed in the same bombing which left a 20-foot deep crater where the bakery once was. Her house was a single, 8-by-11 foot room in a mud-walled neighborhood that is home to some of Kabul's poorest (2). The room had a frigid floor covered with a canvas tarp, a large window devoid of glass or plastic sheeting. There was not even a blanket over the doorway. For this, Razia (photo above) paid about 200'000 afghanis a month [or about US $5], amounting to about 25% of her monthly wage at the WFP bakery. Razia's meager income and long hours of work, led her to put her four of her five children - Hakima, 10, Rahima, 14, and two sons [Zamari, 13, and Fahim, 12] - in an orphanage on the other side of town. Fahim, brain-damaged during the rocket attack which killed Razia's husband some years ago, refused to go. Razia kept the baby, Barham, with her (3),
Consequences of a U.S. “precision” bombing raid
1. Karl Gehring, "Afghan Girl Captures Camera and Heart," Denver Post [December 9, 2001]
2. drawn largely from Gwen Florio, "Afghan Widows' Hopes Wear Thin," The Denver Post [December 3, 2001].
3. Gwen Florio, "Daughter's Hope, Widow's Sacrifice, Denver Post [September 29, 2002]