A group of journalists will embark on a simple yet powerful endeavor Monday: listing the names of people killed by U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan.
The initiative of the not-for-profit Bureau of Investigative Journalism, to be featured on their website “Naming the Dead,” will aim to build a comprehensive list of all those killed by an estimated 374 U.S. drone strikes since 2004, a majority of them under President Obama. This will include determination of civilian or militant status, reports the Guardian, which broke the news that the organization will soon start listing names.
The first segment of these names, to be published Monday in English and Urdu, will include 200 adult civilians and 95 children.
While US strikes have so far killed at least 2,500 people, 80 percent of those are unidentified and unknown to the world beyond their own communities and loved ones.
The U.S. government claims that a vast majority of those killed in these covert attacks are combatants, yet these claims are contested by experts, journalists, and witnesses on the ground, with Bureau of Investigative Journalism researchers showing numbers of civilian deaths are alarmingly high.
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