The convoy of death
Feb 5, 2006
2:30 to 5:00 PM
Christopher A. Parr Library
6200 Windhaven Parkway
Plano, TX 75093
The Convoy of Death, a controversial documentary film alleging U.S. military involvement in a
massacre of Taliban prisoners in Afghanistan.
The film, never before shown in the U.S., aired by Democracy Now!.
Afghan Massacre: the Convoy of Death has been broadcast on national television in Britain,
Germany, Italy and Australia and has been screened by the European parliament.
Produced and directed by Irish filmmaker and former BBC producer Jamie Doran, the film tells
the story of thousands of prisoners who surrendered to the US military’s Afghan allies after
the siege of Kunduz.
According to the film, some three thousand of the prisoners were forced into sealed containers
and loaded onto trucks for transport to Sheberghan prison.
When the prisoners began shouting for air, U.S.-allied Afghan soldiers fired directly into the
truck, killing many of them.
The rest suffered through an appalling road trip lasting up to four days, so thirsty they
clawed at the skin of their fellow prisoners as they licked perspiration and even drank
blood from open wounds.
Witnesses say that when the trucks arrived and soldiers opened the containers, most of the
people inside were dead.
They also say US Special Forces re-directed the containers carrying the living and dead
into the desert and stood by as survivors were shot and buried. Now, up to three thousand
bodies lie buried in a mass grave.