U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan
“Will I be next?”
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10:00:05:10 IV Mustafa Qadri, Amnesty International
10:02:13:05 GVs & IVs Mamana Bibi’s Family
10:07:09:07 IV Drone strike Zowi Sidgi
10:08:37:11 GVs Drones
IV Mustafa Qadri, Amnesty International
“We are really concerned about the US drone programme because it claims it can use them anywhere in the world because it has a global war against al-Qa’ida and its allies. But we have to take the US on its word because they are providing us with no information. This is a secret programme. In fact in our case we have found at least in some cases they clearly killed civilians and some of these cases might be war crime. That really concerns us.”
“It doesn’t really matter if it is one person or 3000, the point is everyone has human rights. It is really important that the US in trying to get very real threats, trying to deal with those threats that it is respecting human rights, because at the end of the day when we researched these cases we found people were fearful of the US they way they are fearful of the Taliban. That really is a great strategy. What’s really important is that we don’t forget human rights when we try to protect our society. The US is doing a programme which no one really is able to assess: what’s the legal basis? What are the facts on the ground? What’s the human impact on the ground? What we’ve found is that yes there might be less strikes happening in 2013 then in 2009 but all the time people are fearful of these drones. They are always overhead. People have told us they are taking sleeping tablets at night. They don’t know when they are going to be targeted, if they will be targeted and why they will be targeted. That really is a shocking situation.”
“Well it’s really quite simple: the US drone programme must be consistent with human rights. Firstly in the cases that we have documented the US must explain why these people have been killed – people who are clearly civilians. It must provide justice to these people, compensation and it must investigate those responsible for those killings. It must ensure that its programmes throughout Pakistan and around the world, is consistent with standards that apply to any kind of situation whether it is during war time or in peacetime. That is the clear message that we are sending to the US.”
On a sunny fall afternoon in October 2012, 68-year-old Mamana Bibi was killed in a drone strike that appears to have been aimed directly at her. Her grandchildren recounted in painful detail to Amnesty International the moment when Mamana Bibi, who was gathering vegetables in the family fields in Ghundi Kala, North Waziristan was blasted into pieces before their very eyes. Nearly a year later, Mamana Bibi’s family has yet to receive even any acknowledgment from US authorities that she was killed, let alone justice or compensation for her death.
GVs & IVs Mamana Bibi’s Family
IV Mustafa Qadri, Amnesty International
“There simply is no justification for this killing and worst of all the family has been given no explanation about why she was killed and why there were drones overhead.
This is a family that has been completely destroyed by this incident. Mamana’s husband a very noted headmaster in that region is completely grief stricken he literally never leaves the home now. Her grandchildren can not sleep properly at night, they can’t concentrate. Every time they see a drone overhead, which is all the time, they are in fear. They’re in constant fear for their lives.”
IV Rafiqur Rehman (son of deceased)
“It was 2.45 pm on 24th October 2012. She was plucking okra in the fields. The children were also with her. She was hit in the first attack and her body parts were lying scattered”
IV Nabeela (granddaughter of deceased)
"First it whistled then I heard a "dhummm". The first hit us and the second my cousin.”
“There was an explosion. We were scared and I ran home. It was dark in front of our house. They brought me to the doctor in the village who gave me first aid. I was not scared before but now, when the drone is flying I am scared of it.”
IV Zubair (grandson of deceased)
"It made a thick black cloud and had a poisonous smell that frightened me. I thought I was going to die."
"Since the attack was carried out everyone in the villages is very scared of drones. They fly all the time. Everyone is scared. It’s so loud that no one can sleep."
IV Rafiqur Rehman (son of deceased)
"This is my daughter Nabeela and this is her hand x-ray. The [shrapnel] can be seen in her arm. (10:04:42:08) This one is of my 17-year-old nephew, Kaleemul Rehman. His leg was broken, so iron rods were installed in it.”
"No one has apologized or given any justification. What justification can they give for killing my mother, injuring our children?"
IV Asma (granddaughter of deceased)
“First we thought it will not target us. It never happened before.”
MCU and CU of Nabeela and Asma
CU of hands of Rafiqur Rehman
CU of passport picture of Mamana Bibi
MS and CS of family sitting down and walking around a field near Peshawar (includes a shot of our researcher Mustafa Qadri with the family)
CS of satellite image of where the strike took place (it marks where all the people were standing at the time of the strike)
On 6 July 2012, 18 male laborers, including at least one boy, were killed in a series of US drone strikes in the remote village of Zowi Sidgi in North Waziristan. Missiles first struck a tent in which some men had gathered for an evening meal after a hard day’s work, and then struck those who came to assist the injured from the first strike. Witnesses described a macabre scene of body parts and blood, panic and terror as US drones continued to hover overhead.
IV Nabeel: Talking about the drone strikes in Zowi Sidgi (identity disguised for protection)
“Would it not hurt you if they kill your brother for no reason?
(10:07:22:04)The drone struck in our area, it hit the chromite extractors who were gathered in a tent slaughtering a sheep for a feast. All of them were killed.
(10:07:39:05) When the villagers arrived to rescue them, missiles were fired again. They were also killed. What other could it have?”
“Some of the corpses had been badly burned and were beyond recognition. We could only identify them because we knew who had come there to work and we knew their names and the names of their tribes. They were laborers extracting Chromite in the mountain.”
“If they don't fear God, they should at least stop for the sake of human rights. They should at least show mercy to the children who have lost their mental balance.
(10:08:25:10) They are afraid all the time, scared and crying. They run towards their mothers saying the drones are coming and might strike again. This is very cruel.”
GVs of drones including drone pilots flying them
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This material was given to Mustafa Qadri, Amnesty International’s expert on Pakistan. It shows the family of Mamana Bibi in their village of Ghundi Kala. It includes shots of missile shrapnel and an impact crater.
MS crater left behind by drone
CS shrapnel from hellfire missile being fired on Mamana Bibi and her family (this material is from North Waziristan)
MS family graveyard near their home in North Waziristan
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