In Kashmir, an empty bed signifies a life lost

I was born and raised in Srinagar’s old town, where I would often watch street clashes play out between Indian security forces and Kashmiri protesters.

The photographers who came to cover the protests in my neighbourhood were always men.

Whenever I saw them, I imagined myself like them, taking pictures of the scenes before us.

I think all my pictures reflect day-to-day life in my homeland. In a conflict zone like ours, every picture in its own way, even in this beautiful Himalayan landscape, describes the tragedy of Kashmir.

Masrat Zahra, photojournalist

An armed rebellion broke out against Indian rule in Kashmir in the early 1990s. Photojournalists have played an essential role in documenting the bloodshed and rights violations that followed.


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