“Whoever is injured in a drone strike, they are rushed to the hospital in the hopes of saving their life. The people who die in the strike are not; their bodies are shattered to pieces.”
Pakistani civilian Faheem Qureshi quoted in Living Under Drones via Stanford International Human Rights & Conflict Resolution Clinic.
More Pakistani civilians under drone strikes speak up:
- “We were having tea and just eating a bit and then there were missiles. […] When I gained consciousness, there was a bandage on my eye. I didn’t know what had happened to my eye and I could only see from one.” - Sadaullah Wazir.
- “When we got hit, [m]y father’s body was scattered in pieces and he died immediately, but I was unconscious for three to four days. [Since then], I am disabled. My legs have become so weak and skinny that I am not able to walk anymore.” - Waleed Shiraz.
- “[The] driver and I lost our legs.” - Dawood Ishaq.
- “I just saw my home wrecked and came back. I was extremely sad, because normally a house costs around ten lakh, or 1,000,000 rupees [approximately $10,600], and I don’t even have 5,000 rupees [approximately $53] now.” - Adil Hashmi.
- “A drone struck and four people died in it, including children who were walking on the road.” - Tahir Afzal.
It doesn’t end.
And you wonder why I’m not voting for Barack Obama.