EVERY TWEET TELL A STORY
The world is finally starting to wake up to the impact of armed US drones over Yemen which are intended to annhilate Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). However the missiles are generally aimed at “suspected” terrorists (that have never even been through fair judicial process to examine any allegations)…. and the drones keep hitting civilians.
I am fortunate in having contact with Haykal Bafana, a lawyer from Yemen who has kept me updated in relation to the targeted killing by the American government of his fellow countrymen and women. Haykal previously shared photos of a shocking drone strike which killed four people http://blog.approximatetargetfilm.com/yemen-drone-strike-update-i-learnt-today-who-you-killed-obama/
Last week I also heard the compelling testimony of Farea al- Muslimi to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, whose village Wassab was hit by a drone strike http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/23/farea-al-muslimi-drone-strike_n_3142322.html
Now I want to share the words of 24 year old Arab Yemeni activist, sociologist and feminist, Sarah Jamal… Just as every picture tells a story, in this case so does every tweet. Sarah is known as Sarah_Sanaa on twitter… She is tweeting in relation to a drone inquiry in Yemen, mainly to Reprieve, a UK based human rights and legal organization investigating drone strikes and to her fellow campaigners. The tweets show the power of social media in projecting what are some very poignant messages regarding the impact of drones.
17th April… news on 2 drone strikes hit AQAP targets in Mareb
22nd April… our friend Farea Al-muslimi will testify before the US senate about the drone war and the strike on his village!… http://fb.me/28GeHJyCF
23rd April… NOW a hearing @
#US Senate @almuslimi testifies abt drone strikes hit his village& #Yemen click on the link&watch: http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/hearings/hearing.cfm?id=b01a319ecae60e7cbb832de271030205 …
23rd April… victim’s brother: “My brother was hurt with a US drone&when ppl tried 2 rescue him an thr drone hit & killed 11 men & a pregnant woman
You can read Sarah’s biography here http://sarahjamalinwonderland.blogspot.co.uk/
FURTHER READING ON DRONES OVER YEMEN
Why US drone attacks should stop in Yemen and elsewhere
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”.