Kashmiris Celebrate The Festival of Happiness with Sorrow

Text by: Shafat Mir | Video by: Abid Salaam.

This year people in Kashmir celebrated one of the most important festivals in Islamic calendar, Eid-Ul-Azha, in a very austere manner. Community kitchens were established in Baramulla old town, where simple dishes were prepared and men had their lunch together on streets. The Kashmir valley had been witnessing complete shutdown since two and a half month by then in the aftermath of killing of a local rebel leader Burhan Wani and the civilian killings that followed. The protests galvanized into a three month long protest movement, which still continues, with people seeking for final resolution of the Kashmir dispute. Around 90 civilians have been killed so far with thousands still receiving treatment in hospitals for injuries while hundreds have lost their eyesight due to the excessive use of force by the government forces to quell the protests. Abid Salaam reports from Baramulla.

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