Teju Cole's Seven Short Stories About Drones


The exact number of civilians killed by US drone strikes isn't known. Some estimates say there may be close to 900 civilian deaths in Pakistan alone. Many of these victims remain nameless and faceless - casualties of a program shrouded in secrecy. Writer Teju Cole took to Twitter to help reframe the conversation about these attacks with his Seven short stories about drones...

1. Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. Pity. A signature strike leveled the florist's.

2. Call me Ishmael. I was a young man of military age. I was immolated at my wedding. My parents are inconsolable.

3. Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather. A bomb whistled in. Blood on the walls. Fire from heaven.

4. I am an invisible man. My name is unknown. My loves are a mystery. But an unmanned aerial vehicle from a secret location has come for me.

5. Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was killed by a Predator drone.

6. Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond. His torso was found, not his head.

7. Mother died today. The program saves American lives.
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