US drone strikes have killed over 4,000 people in Pakistan. Over 1,000 Yemenis have been victims of drones, and over 400 in Somalia. In Afghanistan, the total number killed is now over 3,000. According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London, 80% of the victims are unknown, not named. Whether they are civilians is determined by whom you are talking to. Some names are known. Maezol Kahn was 8 years old. Isra Qusai Muhammed al-Habbash was 12 years, and W’dayat Khan was 11. Tariq was a boy who loved to play football.
An exhibit of quilts made in remembrance of these victims and hundreds of others is on display at Reversing Falls Sanctuary in Brooksville. The opening is Saturday December 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit has been traveling around the United States for several years; 7 of the quilts are here for a short time at RFS. At the opening, Dud Hendrick, a member of Veterans for Peace, will speak about drone warfare and its implications. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be served.
The power of choosing who will be killed by a drone-fired missile resides in the White House. People who want to understand the new U.S. warfare style are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more.
The project is co-hosted by Reversing Falls Sanctuary and Peninsula Peace & Justice.
View Drones Quilt Project blog site here.