Family of grandmother who was killed by Obama drone attack including the two children injured in that attack is in Washington this week.
Left: Nabila Rehman (survivor of Obama drone attack who lost her grandma in same attack), Right: Sasha and Malia with father
Drone strikes: tears in Congress as Pakistani family tells of mother's death
Translator brought to tears by family's plea as Congress hears from civilian victims of alleged US drone strike for the first time
Karen McVeigh in New York
- theguardian.com, Tuesday 29 October 2013 15.24 EDT
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Nabila Rehman, 9, holds up a picture she drew depicting the US drone strike on her Pakistan village which killed her grandmother. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters
The family of a 67-year-old midwife from a remote village in North Waziristan told lawmakers on Tuesday about her death and the "CIA drone" they say was responsible. Their harrowing accounts marked the first time Congress had ever heard from civilian victims of an alleged US drone strike.
Rafiq ur Rehman, a Pakistani primary school teacher who appeared on Capitol Hill with his children, Zubair, 13, and Nabila, 9, described his mother, Momina Bibi, as the "string that held our family together". His two children, who were gathering okra with their grandmother the day she was killed, on 24 October 2012, were injured in the attack.
"Nobody has ever told me why my mother was targeted that day," Rehman said, through a translator. "Some media outlets reported that the attack was on a car, but there is no road alongside my mother’s house. Others reported that the attack was on a house. But the missiles hit a nearby field, not a house. All of them reported that three, four, five militants were killed."
Instead, he said, only one person was killed that day: "Not a militant but my mother."
"In urdu we have a saying: aik lari main pro kay rakhna. Literally translated, it means the string that holds the pearls together. That is what my mother was. She was the string that held our family together. Since her death, the string has been broken and life has not been the same. We feel alone and we feel lost."
An Amnesty International report, published last week, lists Bibi among 900 civilians they say have been killed by drone strikes, a far higher number than previously reported. The Amnesty report said the US may have committed war crimes and should stand trial for its actions.
Obama family is known to invite childrens groups to White House for various political agendas/photo ops usually. If he has any moral decency, he needs to invite this family of drone victims to the White House while they are in Washington and have these children meet his daughters. Obama had claimed that his daughters convinced him to change his mind on gay marriage, maybe Sasha and Malia will convince him to end drone killing of grandmas/children and civilians after meeting Nabila and her brother.
Reportedly Obama spent tax payers money on food tasters for protection of his daughters during their vacations, he then must know how fathers feel about safeguarding their children and should meet father of these children face to face even if his handlers/puppet masters advise him otherwise.
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