On the International Women’s Day, here is Kashmiri Bella Ciao, by Zanaan Wanaan (a “collective of Kashmiri women writing and singing their stories of resistance”). According to its creators, this “song was written on an odd night, away from home, in the aftermath of Aug 5 by a few young Kashmiri women. It is in memory of our people, our collective struggles and in hope of Azadi.” Lyrics in English translation and Kashmiri transliteration included courtesy of the collective.
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Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP Kashmir) recently released their official provisional biography that relates the journey of parents, family members, relatives and friends of victims subjected to enforced disappearance over the last three decades. The total number of enforced disappearances in Kashmir is estimated to be between 8000 to 10,000 people. After three decades, their loved ones still seek justice and answers as to their whereabouts. The document titled “The Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, Kashmir: A Provisional Biography of a Journey Towards Justice for the Enforced Disappeared” is authored by Dr. Goldie Osuri (University of Warwick) and Iffat Fatima (Filmmaker), with support from APDP Consultant Shahid Malik and a team of APDP volunteers. The document is embedded here directly from APDP’s official website and references important texts and relevant research produced by members of the community.