84thlife:
In the days following the rogue US soldier’s shooting spree in Kandahar, most of the media, us included, focused on the “backlash” and how it might further strain the relations with the US. Many mainstream media outlets channeled a significant amount of  energy into uncovering the slightest detail about the accused soldier – now identified as Staff Sergeant Robert Bales. We even know where his wife wanted to go for vacation, or what she said on her personal blog. But the victims became a footnote, an anonymous footnote. Just the number 16. No one bothered to ask their ages, their hobbies, their aspirations. Worst of all, no one bothered to ask their names. In honoring their memory, I write their names below, and the little we know about them: that nine of them were children, three were women. The dead:Mohamed Dawood son of  AbdullahKhudaydad son of Mohamed JumaNazar Mohamed PayendoRobeenaShatarina daughter of Sultan MohamedZahra daughter of Abdul HamidNazia daughter of Dost MohamedMasooma daughter of Mohamed Wazir Farida daughter of Mohamed WazirPalwasha daughter of Mohamed WazirNabia daughter of Mohamed WazirEsmatullah daughter of Mohamed WazirFaizullah son of Mohamed WazirEssa Mohamed son of Mohamed HussainAkhtar Mohamed son of Murrad Ali  The wounded:Haji Mohamed Naim son of Haji SakhawatMohamed Sediq son of Mohamed NaimParweenRafiullahZardanaZulheja
May the victims rest in peace and may Allah watch over the injured/wounded. 
I’m embarrassed to acknowledge that I am one of those that never considered the names or circumstances of the victims, and instead, focused on the sensationalistic issues surrounding the injustices that inevitably follow such an incident. The people of Afghanistan need to be given a face, not just a voice. And the main stream drivel that is pumped out in gluttonous volumes for anyone not interested in looking beyond their spins and fairy tales needs to be silenced by an overwhelming truth of the reality that is Afghanistan. I don’t know much about this conflict, even though I am exposed to much news about it. Unfortunately, I know all too well that the news I see is tainted with political agendas and corporate greed. Everyone knows it was about the oil, yet we all pretend to believe the rubbish that suggests that it was about liberating abused Muslim women from the shackles of oppression under backward Muslim men.  Afghanistan is probably the biggest lie of the century given that two superpowers have tried to seduce it, then corrupt it, and after failing at both, finally tried to colonise it. One was crushed in an embarrassing manner by men with muskets, and it’s only a matter of time before the other will be humiliated in ways that has been sown by its own greed and bigotry, to be harvested by its own people. Edit: My heart is heavy for Mohamed Wazir. So many daughters lost. Being a father of two girls myself, I can’t even begin to imagine what he’s got to contend with right now. Five daughters and a son lost to the barbarism of these terrorists! :’( 

No one asked their names.

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