In memory of and sympathy for

 

Behnooshahr, a girl, 12

Her mother wounded

A male driver wounded

 

in the morning of May 3, 2009

 

 on the road linking the Herat airport to the Gazara district, Herat province. A civilian car carrying three people from Farah who were going to a wedding party, was fired upon by international occupation forces. The car was hit by gun fire from two Italian armored personnel carriers. The 12-yr-old girl was shot in the face by an Italian soldier said her uncle, Ahmad Wali. Mr. Wali who was also wounded by shattering glass recounted, “after the convoy had passed by, we realized that half of my niece’s face was missing, her mother was wounded in the chest and I had blood on my face caused by broken pieces of the windshield.” Reuters TV footage showed a white Toyota car with its rear and side windows destroyed and its frame punctured with bullet holes. Barakatollah Mohammadi, a doctor who treated the family at a hospital in Herat was shocked at the extent of Behnooshahr’s wounds:

“Her head was almost severed from her neck.”

 
Slaughtered by ground fire from Italian troops