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Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians from US Drone Practices in Pakistan

Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians from US Drone Practices in Pakistan

One interviewee stated that, “after the drones, people can’t go and talk with or sit with anybody at any time. And so they on their business and their families.” One man who lost a cousin in the March 17, 2011 jirga strike, explained:

We do not come out of our villages because it’s very dangerous to go out anywhere. . . . In past we used to participate in activities like wedding gatherings different kinds of jirgas, different kinds of funerals. . . . We used to go to different houses for condolences, and there were all kinds of activities in the past and we used to participate. But now it’s a risk to go to any place or participate in any activities.

The fears the interviewees described were not limited to ceremonial gatherings or other large group activities. Many said that they were afraid even to congregate in groups or receive guests in their home. Umar Ashraf, who has noticed the changes in community dynamics over the past few years, observed that “e do not like to sit like this, like friends , because we have fear, since usually attack people when they sit in gatherings.” Sameer Rahman, whose family’s house was hit in a strike, confessed that “there are barely any guests who come anymore, because everyone’s scared.” He also stated that he does not allow his children to visit other people’s homes when they have guests over, because he believes having guests makes it more likely that the house will be attacked.

Sadaullah Wazir, a teenager, told us that drones have “made life quite difficult more than two can’t sit together outside because they are scared they might be struck by drones. . . . We often discuss that too many people shouldn’t sit together outside because they are vulnerable then.” Another teenager told us:

http://livingunderdrones.org/report/

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