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Where Planes Drop Death

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By Luke Nephew

So 12 years into America’s war in Afghanistan

I fly from New York City to Kabul

On my first morning here I wake up startled,

I hear a loud sound and sit up in the darkness

The roar of a plane gets closer and closer

I remember the stories I heard earlier that day from Raz Mohammad

Who lost friends, classmates and his brother to drone strikes in Maydan Wardak. “The drones sound different”, he says, “they buzz in your ear and you can’t sleep and you are afraid they will kill you.”

Raz and the other young men lay sleeping on the floor of the room as I sit there in the darkness listening to the plane shake the walls of the house.

There are no drone attacks in Kabul these days, and I know that so I sigh and lay back down as the plane rages on. I’m left reflecting: I am now in a country where planes drop bombs and I’m wide awake at 4 am thinking about how terrifying it must be to live in all the provinces of this country where death could fall out the sky at anytime. It could land on your garden, or your bedroom or your mother. And to make your night’s sleep even more terrifying, you never know if a band of foreign or local soldiers will break down your door at any time. It’s quiet now and into the darkness over the city echo the calls to prayers. So much to pray for. One day of war is inevitably full of all physical, social and psychological crimes. One year overflows with terrible scars and the loss of lives. You have to ask yourself how and why has the US waged these 12 years of war?