Around 8,000 people have vanished since 1989 according to human rights groups, leaving families in grief. There are a lot of untold stories that Kashmiris have to tell and some of them are below:
Safiya Azad aged 43, lives in Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir. She fears forgetting how her husband looked. She doesn’t know whether her missing husband is dead or alive. Every day, for the past 26 years, she has tried to remember him.
Humayun Azad, a businessman, disappeared on a Spring afternoon in April 1993, after he was hand-picked up by Indian forces just a kilometer away from his home in city of Srinagar.
Under the banner of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), Safiya and a group of other Kashmiris whose relatives have disappeared created a calendar with drawings and stories of their missing family members.
Parveena Ahanger, now 65, is the one to start APDP when her son went missing in the early 1990s.
This is a unique way for them to keep remembering and looking for their family members as they await their return,” she told.
The calendar tells the story of 12 disappeared people – one for each month with a blood stain marking the day of their disappearance.
Among the vanished are a student, farmer, laborer, tailor and a driver.
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17 November, 2019