The Great Lockdown in Kashmir

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zAYaeqA_ooThe lockdown in Kashmir is a new reality for people of this pristine valley. When I updated my first book, Secrets of the Kashmir Valley (2016), the tragedies of war were different. While no less brutal, recent events in Kashmir have changed the way Kashmiris live. The ongoing injustice of militarized occupation make it clear that peace is an … [Read more...]

New Books on Kashmir Reveal A Place of Great Beauty and Tragedy

After 70 plus years of conflict, Kashmir remains a place of great beauty and tragedy. In my new books from the Kashmir collection, I begin the story with what is true: Kashmir is an active conflict. It is unsettling and unpredictable. Every day, someone dies. Someone is detained. Or someone disappears.  These are the lines of the first edition of Secrets of the Kashmir Valley, published by Pharos … [Read more...]

The Forgotten Women of Kashmir

Guest writer Sri Varre writes about the half-widows and widows of Kashmir, the forgotten women of conflict.  Background Growing up in a South Asian household with prominent patriarchal standards, I have been asked on numerous occasions to stay silent. I have been trained to always serve elders and guests first. I have been urged to always say “yes” and ask no questions or protest with my … [Read more...]

Looking Back: Silent Genocide Against the Indigenous Women of Peru

The silent genocide against the indigenous people (mostly women) of Peru is often overlooked and forgotten. Like many political conflicts, the intersectional oppression of women (written as 'womxn' in this post) is a violation of their basic human rights. The events that have led to and resulted in the targeting of indigenous womxn should not be dismissed nor buried in the pages of history.  This … [Read more...]

Hidden Heroes of the Kashmir Valley: The Resilience of Widows and Half-Widows

The hidden heroes of the Kashmir valley are the women, the widows and half-widows, who have struggled to survive in a protracted conflict. For 70-plus years, these women have endured incredible hardship and lived with the tragedies of war, often with no support from their local governments.  Brief Background Since the Kashmiri conflict’s inception, it is estimated that over 70,000 people have … [Read more...]

Letter from Palestine

Guest blogger Sarah Tranquilli travels inside Jerusalem for an inside look at an ongoing conflict and its people. This is her story. What is Palestine? Before moving to Jordan for six months to study Arabic, I made a list of all the countries I wanted to see during my time abroad. My list included many different places, but there was one in particular that I knew I had to go to - … [Read more...]

Ramadan Reflection: The Gift of Life In the Time of a Pandemic

While COVID-19 continues to afflict innocent people around the world, this Ramadan is a reminder of the gift of life and the uncertainty of death. As some members of our community are dying or struggling to fight the virus, the fasting month is a blessed time to reflect on the tests and tribulations of life. For most Muslims, death is a natural part of life and the pious reflect on the Afterlife … [Read more...]

Making the Most of Ramadan During COVID-19 And 6 Reasons To Fast

Ramadan during COVID-19 presents unique challenges and benefits (6 reasons to fast are listed below). What Muslims can do to make the most of Ramadan during COVID-19 is the focus of this post to help the community, including myself, appreciate the blessings of this holy month.  During the daylight hours, Muslims fast around the world, and are reminded of life's fragility and the need to … [Read more...]

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