HEARTBREAKING STORY: Pakistani teen tells how U.S. drones killed his grandmother
Grandmother was picking okra when she was killed in unmanned strike
A translator was moved to tears on Capitol Hill as a Pakistani teenager told of how his grandmother was killed in a U.S. drone strike. Thirteen-year-old Zubair ur Rehman, along with his father Rafiq and his nine-year-old sister Nabila described how his 67-year-old Momina Bibi was picking okra when a drone fired several missiles at unknown targets near his compound.
"When the drone fired the first time, the whole ground shook and black smoke rose up. The air smelled poisonous. We ran, but several minutes later the drone fired again," he said at the congressional briefing.
"People from the village came to our aid and took us to hospital. We spent the night in great agony in at the hospital and the next morning I was operated on. That is how we spent Eid.
"Now I prefer cloudy days when the drones don't fly. When the sky brightens and becomes blue, the drones return and so does the fear. Children don't play so often now, and have stopped going to school. Education isn't possible as long as the drones circle overhead."
Nabila held up a hand-drawn picture depicting the strike above her village."Everything was dark and I couldn't see anything. I heard a scream. I think it was my grandmother but I couldn't see her," she told the various members of Congress.
The father says that nobody ever told him why his mother was targeted on October 24, 2012, in Pakistan's North Waziristan province.
"Some media outlets reported that the attack was on a car, but there is no road alongside my mother's house. Others reported that the attack was on a house. But the missiles hit a nearby field, not a house. All of them reported that three, four, five militants were killed," he said.
The use of drones to fight the war on terror has grown under U.S. President Barack Obama. The number of ground troops along with the Pakistani tribal areas has been scaled back prior to a complete draw down in 2014.
It remains a major source of tension between the U.S. and Pakistan, whose prime minister, Nawaz Sharif called for an end to U.S. drone strikes during his first meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House last week.
A birth foretold: click here to learn more!
© 2013, Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM.
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for December 2013
General Intention: Victimized Children. That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need.
Missionary Intention: Prepare the Savior's Coming. That Christians, enlightened by the Word incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Savior's coming.
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Middle East News
- More than 100,000 Ethiopians expelled from Saudi Arabia
- Free the Nuns of St. Thekla! Pope, Orthodox Leaders Urge Prayer for Kidnapped Nuns in Syria
- 'Tolerant' Muslims threaten holy war if Jews try to pray at site of ancient temple
- Embajador palestino en España se ofrece a cambio de liberación de doce religiosas en Siria
- HIV cases skyrocketing in Iran
- THIS OLD HOUSE: Amazing 10,000-year-old house uncovered in Israel
- Young girls and boys tortured and executed in Syrian civil war
- A VERY OLD TOAST! 3,700-year-old wine cellar found
- 5,000-year-old salt mines built by prehistoric men still in use today
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?