Kashmir’s Covid Warriors: The outbreak of Covid-19 instilled such a fear in people that they even abandoned their deceased loved ones. Amid this gloomy situation a Srinagar Samaritan emerged on the scene. He came to the rescue of distressed families.
Prof Agha Ashraf Ali talks about his life and times in an informal chat with Sajjad Haider, Editor-in-Chief, Kashmir Observer. The video was recorded in the early spring of 2002
The strike came when the security grid was gearing up for the August 15, the day when Kashmir witnesses an intense security cover and curbs
Last year, when Kashmiris spent Eid Al-Azha under stifled breaths and hushed sacrifices, they hoped from their future, an Eid celebrated free and fair. But much to everyone’s dismay, the haunting deserted landscape of last year, refused to dissipate this time as well.
This 40-year-old Kashmiri ambulance driver has been ferrying Covid-19 victims from hospitals to burial grounds since Kashmir witnessed its first Covid dead early this year
Meet Sheikh Zameer, 38, a Kashmiri artist who uses his canvas as a therapy for distressed minds. The artist recently conducted an open painting exhibition in Baramulla with the motive “to help youngsters to overcome the lockdown-induced depression”.
The landscape shaken by the 2005 earthquake has already witnessed around 40 low-intensity tremors since the start of 2020, forcing experts to paint the ill-preparations on the ground
“Our curbed life is leaving a little choice for us now,” Aqsa said. “You can’t go out for normal schooling and routine outing. And back home, your parents keep sulking over the situation in Kashmir. This takes toll on your mind.”
It is yet another summertime in Kashmir.?Flowers are in full bloom.?But Kashmir’s iconic gardens are locked and deserted.?There are no visitors to delve into nature’s ambience.?While gardeners remain busy pruning shrubs and hedges, mowing and cutting grass as if waiting for gates to open.
As hushed COVID funerals have become the new normal, Kashmir Observer’s photo chief embarks on an uneasy journey to capture the pandemic farewell scenes in the valley’s haunting graveyards