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:( ::::::: Translator At Drone Strike Hearing Moved Nearly To Tears By Survivor Testimony - RawStory

Translator at drone strike hearing moved nearly to tears by survivor testimony
By David Ferguson
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 13:50 EDT



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A translator at a Capitol Hill hearing on the U.S. drone program was moved nearly to tears Tuesday during the testimony of Pakistani primary school teacher Rafiq Rehman. Rehman and his family — whose story was revealed to the world by Amnesty International — traveled to Washington from Pakistan’s northern Waziristan region. The teacher’s mother was killed in a U.S. drone strike and his two children were injured.

The family’s congressional appearance was held in the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill and was sponsored in by the Brave New Foundation, a global nonprofit social justice foundation. Brave New Films has just released the documentary film “Unmanned: America’s Drone War,” which details the Rehman family’s losses.

“Congressman Grayson,” said Rehman via a translator, “As a teacher, my job is to educate. But how do I teach something like this?”

“How do I explain what I myself do not understand?” he continued. “How can I in good faith reassure the children that the drone will not come back and kill them, too? If I do not understand why it killed my mother and injured my children…”

It was there that the translator broke off and took a hasty swallow of water as she choked up. Rehman spoke again.

“My mother is not the first innocent victim of U.S. drones,” relayed the translator, “Numerous families in our community and in the surrounding area have lost loved ones — including women and children — in these strikes over the years.”

In October of 2012...

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More: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/10/30/translator-at-drone-strike-hearing-moved-nearly-to-tears-by-survivor-testimony/





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Reply :( ::::::: Translator At Drone Strike Hearing Moved Nearly To Tears By Survivor Testimony - RawStory (Original post)
WillyT Oct 2013 OP
Rex Oct 2013 #1
MindPilot Oct 2013 #2
G_j Oct 2013 #4
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Wilms Oct 2013 #3
marmar Oct 2013 #5
Demo_Chris Oct 2013 #6
WillyT Oct 2013 #7
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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Oct 30, 2013, 02:58 PM

1. But but but, it was just a briefing not a hearing!

 

I wish more Congress critters would have showed up, but I guess they just don't care enough about human life in other countries.

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Response to Rex (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 30, 2013, 03:07 PM

2. They care a lot about human life

 

just not after it's born.

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Response to Rex (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 30, 2013, 03:43 PM

4. you got that right! nt

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Oct 30, 2013, 03:40 PM

3. ^

 

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Oct 30, 2013, 03:44 PM

5. k/r

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Oct 30, 2013, 03:44 PM

6. rec :(

 

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Wed Oct 30, 2013, 08:03 PM

7. Kick !!!

 


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Response to WillyT (Reply #7)

Wed Oct 30, 2013, 08:57 PM

8. And Again...

 


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Response to WillyT (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 30, 2013, 10:20 PM

9. Last Kick From Me... (And We Complained That Hardly Anybody Showed Up... Ironic)

 


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