Death Comes From Nowhere - Pakistan's Drone Strike Victims | Pakistan based Documentary Photographer and Filmmaker Eduardo Diaz

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Death Comes From Nowhere - Pakistan's Drone Strike Victims

for Die Zeit Magazin

This is a series of portraits taken for German magazine Die Zeit, which ran a bold cover story on the civilian victims of the drone strikes carried out by the U.S. in the tribal areas of Pakistan. These strikes launched from unmaned aircraft relying in collected inteligency have become the center of global criticism as the number of civilians killed during these operations has rised over the years.

The article wrote by Die Zeit reporter Wolfgang Bauer focuses on the stories of various survivors of these attacks. Most of them had lost their family and suffered serious injuries; represented by maverick lawyer Mirza Shahzad Akbar, they seek justice demanding their goverment to stop the the U.S.military operations in Waziristan and to prosecute those responsible for the loss of their families.

In the cover of the magazine appeared a portrait of 53-year-old Ahmed Jan from Kani Roga, Waziristan. On 17 March 2011 he was attending a meeting with village elders in Datta Khel when several missiles hit the ground. At least 32 persons reportedly died, most of them civilians and elders from nearby villages. Ahmed Jan survived the attack, but he lost the use of one of his foot and has serious hearing problems.

The story is also published online on the Die Zeit website and is accesible trough this link. In German, though.

 

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