Photo Essay

Politics, placards and a dead son

Politics, placards and a dead son

Tufail Matoo, 17, was killed at Rajouri Kadal on 11 June 2010 when police fired a tear gas canister at him, hitting him in the head. Tufail was returning to his home from his tuitions. Tufail would spend most of the time in this room at his maternal residence at Nawa Kadal preparing for the […]

Fridays, dreams and a Harry Potter schoolbag

Fridays, dreams and a Harry Potter schoolbag

Zahid Farooq, 17, was killed on 5 February 2010 at Nishat when BSF  troopers fired at him while he was playing cricket with his friends. Zahid would turn his room into a playing field when his friends would come to see him. “Whatever they would do, we would never use a harsh word for him […]

Teddy bears and flying kicks

Teddy bears and flying kicks

Umar Qayoom, 17, was picked up by men in uniform from Soura and tortured in custody. He suffered internal injuries during torture and succumbed on 25 August 2010 at SKIMS. Umar was a taekwondo player and had won several medals in different competitions. Umar’s family has stored away all these medals in a cardboard box. […]

Medals and memories

Medals and memories

Wamiq Farooq was just 13 when he was killed on 31 January 2010 at Rainawari. Wamiq’s room is adorned with the medals and other awards he had won after competing in different school debates and sports events. “Wamiq was a superb cricketer. Cricket was his life,” says his father Farooq Ahmad. Wamiq was laid to […]

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