Today, we have launched an appeal to raise funds to support the people who live in Naik
and Khak Khudday Dad in Afghanistan – the alleged victims of New Zealand soldiers in Operation Burnham.
In August 2010, during raids by the New Zealand Defence Force and its allies on the villages of Naik and Khak Khudday Dad in Afghanistan’s Tirgiran Valley, Fatima, aged 3, and several villagers were killed. Other inhabitants were injured and homes destroyed. For over eight years, the NZDF has denied that there were civilian casualties.
Fatima and the others victims’ families should not have to beg New Zealand authorities for justice. Their situation should have been at the heart of our government’s Inquiry. Instead, they have lost faith in the New Zealand government’s Inquiry, because of its circuitous, secretive processes. They have lost faith that New Zealand cares about what happened to them or is interested in ensuring that they receive justice, let alone reparations for the loss and damage they suffered.
That’s why we have launched this Give a Little fundraiser: to ensure that the villagers receive some assistance from New Zealanders, whatever the outcome of the government Inquiry. Will you donate today?