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Issue #1541      28 March 2012

No one asks their names

In the days following the US soldier’s shooting spree in Kandahar, most of the media focused on the “backlash” and how it might further strain the relations with the US.

Many mainstream media outlets channelled 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 honouring 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 Abdullah
  • Khudaydad son of Mohamed Juma
  • Nazar Mohamed
  • Payendo
  • Robeena Shatarina daughter of Sultan Mohamed
  • Zahra daughter of Abdul Hamid
  • Nazia daughter of Dost Mohamed
  • Masooma daughter of Mohamed Wazir
  • Farida daughter of Mohamed Wazir
  • Palwasha daughter of Mohamed Wazir
  • Nabia daughter of Mohamed Wazir
  • Esmatullah daughter of Mohamed Wazir
  • Faizullah son of Mohamed Wazir
  • Essa Mohamed son of Mohamed Hussain
  • Akhtar Mohamed son of Murrad Ali

The wounded:

  • Haji Mohamed Naim son of Haji Sakhawat
  • Mohamed Sediq son of Mohamed Naim
  • Parween
  • Rafiullah Zardana
  • Zulheja

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