Photos of Victims of US Drone Wars in Pakistan and Yemen
World Can't Wait
April 17, 2014Click the images to download 11" x 17" versions of the images below to hold at protests, and help bring to life the human stories behind the statistics. There are not many photos of the drone victims available for a number of reasons. Most of these drone attacks take place in remote locations. People living in these areas often don't have many photos of loved ones they can readily share after they have been killed. Maybe worst of all, journalists and rescuers are often deterred from visiting recent drone attack sites by the possibility of a second "double tap" drone strike.
Thanks to those journalists, activists and family members, we make these available as enlarged PDFs. Images may be pixelated but are still recognizable at a distance. Organized chronologically and by location below. Additional images may be added. Please share and spread.
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Freshly dug graves for civilians killed by a drone strike January 13th, 2006 in Damadola Bajaur Agency.
Funeral for 81 villagers including 69 children in Chenegai in October 2006. The drone strike hit a religious school.
Faheem Quereshi a drone strike survivor lost his eye and had a skull fracture as well as wounds to the abdomen. He was at a relative’s home on January 23rd 2009. He was 14 at the time. 15 people were killed. Faheem told the story four years later.
Noor Syed Age 8 killed by a drone strike February 14, 2009. Photo by Noor Behram.
Shoes and other belonging of civilians killed by a drone strike August 11th, 2009. Photo by Noor Behram.
Syed Wali Shah Age 7 killed August 21, 2009. Photo by Noor Behram.
A House destroyed by a drone strike on December 18th, 2009 Five civilians were killed. Photo by Noor Behram.
Karim Khan holds a picture of his brother, Asif Iqbal and his son, Zaenullah Khan. Both were killed by a drone strike on his house December 31, 2009. Khan has become an outspoken activist against the U.S. drone program.
3 year old Ayeesha died from shrapnel wounds when a neighboring house in Tappi was struck by a missile fired from a drone on January 8th 2010. Photo provided by Noor Behram.
Saddam Hussain holds a picture of his nine month old niece who was killed in a drone strike March 2010. His sister-in-law also died in that attack. Photo from the documentary Wounds of Waziristan by Madiha Tahir.
Fatima was killed by a drone strike that occurred in Boya, Mohammad Khel, North Waziristan on May 21st 2010. Photo by Noor Behram.
The Bismullah household was struck by a drone missile in Danda Darpakhel, North Waziristan on August 23rd 2010. Bismullah, his wife, and his 8 and 10 year old sons were killed leaving 3 other children of the Bismullah family orphaned. Photo by Noor Behram.
Above are the Bismullah family orphans. Their parents and two brothers were killed when a drone strike hit their home August 23rd 2010 in Danda Darpakhel, North Waziristan. Photo by Noor Behram.
Villagers hold up parts of a missile fired from a drone in Datta Khel October 13th, 2010. Three villagers were killed, named Bashir, Wajid, and Laiq. Photo by Noor Behram.
Naeem Ullah was just 10 years old when he died of shrapnel wounds from a drone strike on October 18th 2010 in Datta Khel, North Waziristan. Noor Behram took this photo shortly before the boy died.
This is the remains of the home of Alif Deen. The home was struck on October 28th 2010 in Ismail Khan, North Waziristan. Alif died in this attack. Photo by Noor Behram.
The above is the ID of Sanaullah Jan who was killed along with two friends while driving home from college November 26th 2010 in Pir Keley, North Waziristan. His body was so badly burnt beyond recognition that his brother was only able to identify him by the ID. Photo by Noor Behram.
On December 28th 2010 a drone strike killed 2 to 4 civilians in Ghulam Khan, North Waziristan. Two were identified as Jamil and Mustafaa. Above, Pakistani villagers look upon the casket of a victim.
On March 17th, in one of the worst drone strikes of 2011, Malik Daud Khan, leader of a Jirga held in Datta Khel was killed. 19 to 41 civilians were killed that day. A Jirga is a tribal council meeting in which disputes are settled. Photo of Khan by Noor Behram.
Tariq Aziz aged 16 was killed along with his cousin Waheed on October 31st2011 in Norak, Mir Ali, North Waziristan. Tariq attended a anti-drone rally just days before he was killed. His uncle described him as just a normal boy who loved football.
Bibi Mamana, a grandmother, was killed on October 24th 2012 in Tappi village near Miranshah, North Waziristan by a drone strike while she gardened and her grandchildren gathered firewood. Some of the children were injured. In 2013, her son and two of her grandchildren traveled to the United States to testify before members of Congress about the effects of the U.S. drone program.
In December 2009 villagers in al-Majala noticed a spotter plane (unmanned drone) hovering in the sky. They paid no concern since it had been years that there was a drone strike in Yemen. On December 17th 2009 a U.S. naval ship launched a missile that killed entire families. Photo from Al Jazeera.
On May 15th 2012 a drone strike killed 17 to 26 civilians in Jaar. Photo by Ziad Al-Mehwari.
Amed Sabooli (Sabuly) holds pictures of his father, mother, and sister who were killed in a drone attack on September 2nd 2012 in Sarar.