Drones: We the children of Waziristan (the words of a Pashtun poet)


Nabeela ur-Rehman (age 9) from Ghundi Kala, North Waziristan who suffered burns and shrapnel wounds in a drone strike, grandmother killed, brother and sister wounded 

Photograph by Eduardo Diaz, courtesy of the Foundation for Fundamental Rights.


The children of Waziristan
Our toys,
The two rivers
Gomal & Tolchi
For hide & seek
As we deciphered
In whispers
The echoes of our lives
The music and it’s legend

The children of Waziristan
Our toys
The fields of destruction
As we mourn
In hide & seek
The persistent whispers
Of drones above
As we witness
The horrors of our time

The children of Waziristan
Only find,
Our limbs and smiles
In conversations
In international reports
In image but no sound

The children of Waziristan
Our limbs are gone,
the scent of skin and it’s shine
Smoked and charred,
Our bodies
Carry the stains
The shrapnel and it’s trail

What happened
To our faces,
Where is my hand,
Where are my limbs,
I cannot locate,
The body or my mind
Where have you taken
My soul and my rivers

The children of Waziristan
The disabled,
The beautiful faces
Our canvas
In splintered ash
The tragedy unfolds
But no sound only the drones
And it’s whispers…

Where are my hands?
Where are my limbs
What happened to my eyes
What happened to my soul

The children of Waziristan
We hear the drones
The music and it’s whispers
Gomal & Tolchi
Now carry our blood
As the spring turns
Into purple wrath

The children of Waziristan
As we tune in
To hear the drones…

Can YOU? —

Asim Khan is a “Pashtun Poet” from Pakistan. He is currently based in UK and works tirelessly for PTI (party of Imran Khan)

Nabeela’s story can be read here… http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2013/10/the-drone-strike-victims-coming-to-congress.html

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”.

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