"We did not know that America existed. We did not know what its geographical location was, how its government operated, what its government was like, until America invaded Iraq and Afghanistan. … We have become victims of Americans. We don’t know how they treat their citizens or anything about them. All we know is that they used to support us, and now they don’t. … We know that the consequences of drone strikes are extremely harsh. Our children, our wives now that our breadwinners — when they go out to earn a livelihood, they might not come back, and life may become very miserable for them in the years to come. … Now we are always awaiting a drone attack and we know it’s certain and it’s eventual and it will strike us, and we’re just waiting to hear whose house it will strike — our relatives’, our neighbors’, or us. We do not know. We’re just always in fear."
a Pakistani elder interviewed in February for Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians from U.S. Drone Practices in Pakistan, a report prepared by Stanford and NYU. (via washingtonpoststyle)