Photographing the Human Cost of Drone Warfare

The Guardian reports on the herculian efforts of one photographer documenting the aftermath of drone strikes in his home of Waziristan. His name is Noor Behram.  

Arriving minutes after explosions, he checks for survivors before photographing the damage done. He believes that the world’s media vastly under-report the numbers killed.

“For every 10 to 15 people killed, maybe they get one militant,” he said. “I don’t go to count how many Taliban are killed. I go to count how many children, women, innocent people, are killed.”

Such devestation inflames the locals who have lost family and friends.

 “There are just pieces of flesh lying around after a strike. You can’t find bodies. So the locals pick up the flesh and curse America. They say that America is killing us inside our own country, inside our own homes, and only because we are Muslims.

“The youth in the area surrounding a strike gets crazed. Hatred builds up inside those who have seen a drone attack. The Americans think it is working, but the damage they’re doing is far greater.”

Even when the hellfire missiles launched by Predator and Reaper drones do ‘hit’ the right target, the force of the blast can damage neighbouring houses, which are often constructed from baked mud.

An exhibition of his work, at London’s Beaconsfield gallery, called ‘Gaming in Waziristan’ opening on Tuesday, features pictures from 27 different drone strikes.  They show the human reality of a war presented as robotic and surgical.

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