Pat Chaffee, reflections on the 2012 Pakistan Delegation
“We are still finding body pieces.”
“My job was to gather the body pieces after an IED explosion, trying to keep pieces on one body together.”
“My uncles were cut in pieces.”
I heard the first statement when I volunteered at the rest station set up for first responders
in St. Peter’s church near Ground Zero. The second statement I heard during an NPR interview with a marine.
I heard the third statement as I sat on the floor in the office of the Foundation for
Fundamental Rights (FFR) in Islamabad, an organization that provides legal aid for victims of U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan. Shahzad Akbar, founder of FFP, had invited—or more accurately, challenged—Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the anti-war activist group CODEPINK to bring a delegation to Pakistan to meet with victims and survivors of drone attacks. Read More