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What this dream told me?

Note: Re-edit of “It is a Fact”  (Written in 1999 and posted in October 2008)

The sun was peeking into my new Morning.

My consciousness barely awakening

In a twilight drowsiness

And out of nowhere, a huge banner flashed in my mind,

It said “You shall die“.

My mind was blank before I read it,

It was blank for a long moment afterward.

My semi waking conscious scrambled

Into filling in real and imaginary activities,

“What am I to do today”?

Appointments that I am to tend to, today.

The concept that all of us shall die, was clear to me.

A Fact to others,

Still a Fact to me,

In the distant future,

Rushing wildly now

To tell me that it is a Fact.

 Yemenis dream about drones. And their attacking dreams come true

We dream about drones, said 13-year-old Yemeni before his death in a CIA strike

Mohammed Tuaiman becomes the third member of his family to be killed by what he called ‘death machines’ in the sky months after Guardian interview

‘My father was martyred by a drone’: Yemeni teenager records life months before suffering a similar fate

Chavala Madlena, Hannah Patchett and Adel Shamsan in Sana’
Tuesday 10 February 2015 07.01 GMT

A 13-year-old boy killed in Yemen last month by a CIA drone strike had told the Guardian just months earlier that he lived in constant fear of the “death machines” in the sky that had already killed his father and brother.

“I see them every day and we are scared of them,” said Mohammed Tuaiman, speaking from al-Zur village in Marib province, where he died two weeks ago.

“A lot of the kids in this area wake up from sleeping because of nightmares of drones and some now have mental problems. They turned our area into hell and continuous horror, day and night, we even dream of them in our sleep.

Much of Mohammed’s life was spent living in fear of drone strikes.

In 2011 an unmanned combat drone killed his father and teenage brother as they were out herding the family’s camels.

The drone that would kill Mohammed struck on 26 January in Hareeb, about an hour from his home. The drone hit the car carrying the teenager, his brother-in-law Abdullah Khalid al-Zindani and a third man.

“I saw all the bodies completely burned, like charcoal,” Mohammed’s older brother Maqded said. “When we arrived we couldn’t do anything. We couldn’t move the bodies so we just buried them there, near the car.”

Several anonymous US government officials told Reuters that the strike had been carried out by the CIA and had killed “three men believed to be al-Qaida militants”.

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris last month. (So did many other movements, like Daesh)

Marib province has become a flashpoint in the struggle between the Houthi rebels –who have ousted the president after overrunning the capital – and the local tribes who reject the Shia group’s attempts to bring Marib under their control.

Like the other families around al-Zur and throughout Marib province, the Tuaiman men have been involved in pushing back against the Houthis.

In a secretive program carried out by the CIA in rural, isolated parts of Yemen, it is easy for confusion to surround the particulars of those killed in a drone strike. Affiliations with al-Qaida and anti-government tribal sympathies mesh and merge depending on who is attacking whom.

Mohammed Saleh Tauiman was 13 when the Guardian gave him a camera to record his family life.

Maqdad said the family had been wrongly associated with al-Qaida, and family members strongly deny that Mohammed was involved in any al-Qaida or anti-Houthi fighting. “He wasn’t a member of al-Qaida. He was a kid.”

Speaking from al-Zur the day after his brother’s death, Meqdad said: “After our father died, al-Qaida came to us to offer support. But we are not with them. Al-Qaida may have claimed Mohammed now but we will do anything – go to court, whatever – in order to prove that he was not with al-Qaida.”

When the Guardian interviewed Mohammed last September, he spoke of his anger towards the US government for killing his father. “They tell us that these drones come from bases in Saudi Arabia and also from bases in the Yemeni seas and America sends them to kill terrorists, but they always kill innocent people. But we don’t know why they are killing us.

“In their eyes, we don’t deserve to live like people in the rest of the world and we don’t have feelings or emotions or cry or feel pain like all the other humans around the world.”

Mohammed’s father, Saleh Tuaiman, was killed in 2011 in a drone strike that also killed Mohammed’s teenage brother, Jalil. Saleh Tuaiman left behind three wives and 27 children.

The CIA and Pentagon were both asked to comment on whether the teenager had been confirmed as an al-Qaida militant. Both declined to comment.

Mohammed’s 27 siblings have now lost three family members in US drone strikes and may grow up with the same sense of confusion and injustice Mohammed expressed shortly before his death.

“The elders told us that it’s criminal to kill the civilians without distinguishing between terrorists and innocents and they kill just on suspicion, without hesitation.”

For Meqdad, Mohammed’s death has reignited his determination to seek out justice for his family. “We live in injustice and we want the United States to recognise these crimes against my father and my brothers. They were innocent people, we are weak, poor people, and we don’t have anything to do with this.”

However, he added: “Don’t blame us because we sympathise with al-Qaida, because they were the only people who showed their faces to us, the government ignored us, the US ignored us and didn’t compensate us. And we will go to court to prove this is wrong.”

Additional reporting by Iyad al-Qaisi in Jordan

“The family has again received no explanation for [13-year-old] Mohamed’s death from either the U.S. or Yemeni governments. Al Qaeda continues to offer the only support to the family.”http://www.theguardian.com/…/drones-dream-yemeni-teenager-m…

Mohammed Tuaiman becomes the third member of his family to be killed by what he called ‘death machines’ in the sky months after Guardian interview
THEGUARDIAN.COM|BY CHAVALA MADLENA

Dreaming: The Leveler, the Optimist (January 26, 2009)

How is it that, no matter how we are different than another person, in gender, in social class, in maturity, in knowledge, in traditions, in geographic locations, and in climatic zones, we feel we belong to the same human race. And that deep within us, we know we are no different fundamentally? 

We know that it is not books, or “Holy Books” or communication with the “other” that gave us this basic sense that we are the same in wants, wishes, thrives, and human qualities and attributes. 

Individuals who are totally isolated from the common people have acquired these fundamental truths.  Whether it is good or evil you may confidently blame it on our ability to dream in our sleep.

You hear people say that they have no time to sleep, that they barely need a couple of hours of sleep per day, that after death they will have plenty of time to sleep for a long time.   

It is not just a matter of physical effectiveness and maintenance that we need sleeping, but mainly the opportunity to have dreams flooding our sub consciousness; dreams in color, in sounds, in tastes, in touch that feel more real than reality, dreams of stories, novels, fantasia, other characters that we think or are sure we never met or have seen; and yet, too real to know that we are basically the same as human kinds.

It is through dreams (mainly in sleep) that humanity constitutes a united bloc, against all odds.

The judge feels that he comprehends the assassin and his motives, the wise in the fool, the administrator in the musician, and the rich man in the free and unattached homeless…

All these various comprehension of others are not the fruit of serious observations, but because we all can dream. 

It is because we can dream that amoral models of everyday life, which we have not been exposed to in reality, seem natural to us since our tender age.

In my dreams, I have been flying in air and toured countries, mountains, and oceans. 

Lately, I have been taking off by flapping my arms, but the ride is difficult and not that smooth; maybe with age the harsh reality sinks in and make the dreaming prowess not up to standards. 

Still, the pictures that I have seen in Gaza (the preemptive war of Israel in 2009) and in direct didn’t insinuate into my dreams yet. 

I guess that the Palestinian babies who survived the horrors have more efficient rewinding abilities that are haunting their sleep. 

Those who launched the war on Gaza must have pre-historic minds dotted with the latest technology of mass destruction.


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