Who are they? They were three Afghani children killed by a US airstrike on Sunday the 14th of October 2012 in the Nawa district of Helmand Province in Afghanistan. The attack, described by the military as a “precision strike”, was reportedly aimed at several Taliban fighters who were allegedly planting an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the road but the strike also killed three children, Borjan,12; Sardar Wali, 10; and Khan Bibi, 8, all from one family who were right nearby collecting dung for fuel.
A few days earlier, not too far away, Malala Yousafzai 14, was shot in the head supposedly by a Pakistan Taliban gunman. Malala has subsequently been sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. I hope that Malala makes a full recovery and is able to re-start the education that she so desperately seeks.
Why do we know the name Malala but not Borjan, Sardar Wali and Khan Bibi? The former is, unbeknown to her, a useful tool of the imperialistic west whilst the latter are most definitely not. Has William Hague raised the name of the deceased Afghani children? Has the British liberal media?
For more information on this matter, I would refer you to Dave Lindorff’s article on Counterpunch dated 18th October 2012: