Children of conflict:
This is from a series of digital art by artist Masood Hussain done in the 2016 uprising in Kashmir when the Indian occupying army went ape with the use of pellet guns–often injuring, blinding, disfiguring children inside their homes. It’s what Ather Zia calls ‘directed stray bullets’.
These are the statistics of the military rampage from July 8th when the uprising began (in response to the murder of a young man whose name & image are censored on FB but whose funeral prayers were attended by over 600,000 people) to December 1st, 2016:
–7,330 injured by pellets
–22 youth totally blinded
–307 youth who may lose eyesight
–1,255 youth with partial blindness
–505 women molested
–65,000 houses, shops, structures damaged
–37 schools torched
–9,700 people arrested
–608 arrested under Public Safety Act allowing indefinite detention without charges
End the occupation. Self-determination for Kashmir.
(Statistics compiled by Research Section, Kashmir Media Service)