Human Faces vs Military Drones

Before this we were all very happy. We lived a very good life. But after these drones attacks a lot of people are victims and have lost members of their family. A lot of them, they have mental illnesses.”  — Ismail Hussain (anonymized name)

Everyone is scared all the time. When we’re sitting together to have a meeting, we’re scared there might be a strike. When you can hear the drone circling in the sky, you think it might strike you.’  — Dawood Ishaq (anonymized name)

When a drone strikes, it easily destroys a house.”  — Adil Hashmi (anonymized name)

“Usually, when a drone strikes and people die, nobody comes near the bodies for like half an hour because they fear another missile will strike.”  — Faheem Qureshi

They’re there twenty-four hours. Three or four drones in the sky, twenty-four hours, they don’t even stop for a minute.”  — Dawood Ishaq (anonymized name)

The children are crying and they don’t go to school. They fear that their schools will be targeted by the drones.”  — Ismail Hussain (anonymized name)

My mom has been extremely depressed after my father’s death – every drone that flies over reminds her of him. The drone that killed my father has also adversely affected by mother’s hearing capability.‘  — Waleed Shiraz (anonymized name)

It has affected our education adversely, of course… We cannot learn things because we are always in fear of the drones hovering over us, and it really scares the small kids who go to school.”  — Faheem Qureshi

We all used to get together, all our friends in the village. We used to have fun. But now, that’s not the case anymore.”  — Faheem Qureshi

[The drones] make such a noise that everyone is scared. Everybody is mentally disturbed. They are scared.”  — Firoz Ali Khan (anonymized name)

People are scared, but they have to go out and work and earn a living and support their families. They are scared, but they have to go and do their work.”  — Dawood Ishaq (anonymized name)

“What happens now is that not many people go to funerals because funerals have been struck by drones. Many people are scared… People go to help, and then a drone strikes them.”  — Firoz Ali Khan (anonymized name)

A lot of people have been mentally affected: [they develop] psychological illnesses, [a] lot of the kids keep crying all of the time, everyone is affected.”  — Sadaullah Wazir

My six year old son was also crying from the drone attacks. He loved his uncle and when a drone strike happens, he always asks if Sajid has been targeted. [Sajid was killed in a drone strike.]”  — Ismail Hussain (anonymized name)

“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.”   — Faheem Qureshi

Everyone is scared all the time. When we’re sitting together to have a meeting, we’re scared there might be a strike. When you can hear the drone circling in the sky, you think it might strike you.’  — Dawood Ishaq (anonymized name)

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The use of lethal military drones raises questions of conscience. As people of faith, we must not allow the military free reign – “collateral damage”. As people of faith, we must hold the military accountable for their actions against humanity. As people of faith, we must advocate a just peace based on human dignity and human rights FOR ALL. Is it not time to demand from our freely elected government an “immediate halt” to lethal drone strikes? WE THE PEOPLE!

Living Under Drones: Victim Stories

 

God Bless
Jerry Novotny, OMI

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Websites by Fr. Jerry

(EnglishLifeIssues.net

(EnglishFighting for the Culture of Life – Fr. Jerry’s Blog

(JapaneseJapan-lifeissues.net

(JapaneseHuman Rights: The Road to a Happy Life – Fr. Jerry’s Blog

 

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