September 25, 2013 'Information Clearing House " - It's been almost a year since I traveled to Pakistan to investigate, film and interview drone victims and their families. While there, I met Rafiq ur Rehman and his two children, who shared with me the story of how Rafiq's 67-year-old mother, the children's grandmother, was killed by a drone strike. Not only did Rafiq lose his mother that day, but his daughter BB, 9, and son Zubiar, 13, were also injured.
Rafiq's situation moved me deeply. It was clear that this was no. abstract instance of collateral damage. As a father of four, I am haunted daily by the stories of children being injured or killed by drone strikes. The story of Rafiq and his children was so powerful that I wanted to be sure that Congress heard it from Rafiq and his heroic lawyer Shahzad Akbar. All applied for visas to enter the U.S., to share their story with members of Congress and the American public. Reprieve, an international organization fighting for justice across the globe, has been working tirelessly to get the necessary documents so that we in the U.S. can hear first hand from a family whose loved one was killed by a U.S. drone strike.