Children: The forgotten future of Kashmir

Photos & text by Mubashir Hassan

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Kashmir in the last 30 years has been reduced to a land of pain and misery with thousands dead, disappeared, raped, detained and tortured. When an anti-India insurgency began in 1989, the mighty forces that India employed here crushed the rebellion. Since then more than 90,000 people have died and 8,000are disappeared.

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The ongoing conflict mounted scars not only on the adults but the new generation. The young children’s were badly affected with hundreds killed, thousands blinded, amputated bodies, and detained in Indian jails.

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With more than half a million Indian troops stationed, Kashmir has the distinction of being the most heavily militarized zone in the world. The Indian forces enjoy special powers under laws such as the Armed Forces special Powers Act (AFSPA) that gives them immunity and impunity to arrest or kill anyone on mere suspicion, without the fear of facing legal action.

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The turmoil has devastated an entire generation. People have gone through worst in these turbulent times. The story is all about the Children’s who are the Future of Kashmir and a yearning of new generation to live a life of peace and dignity.

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The images shot by me are somehow my own childhood experiences, as I grew in such condition seeing things periodically right from the time when rebellion broke out in Kashmir.

Mubashir Hassan
Mubashir Hassan is a freelance photojournalist based in Kashmir valley, India. For the past six year, Mubashir has covered many stories on politics, conflict, human rights violations, as well as day to day life, art, culture and architecture. He is available for assignments.

On the project
‘Children: The forgotten future of Kashmir’ is an ongoing project by photojournalist Mubashir Hassan that focuses on the children living under the conflicted area of Kashmir valley. It documents the impact that the conflict has on their lives; from being physically maimed, psychologically traumatised and deprived of a future. ‘Children: The forgotten future of Kashmir’ is a personal project. It is an important story that needs to be seen and told. If you would like to support Mubashir, please be in touch with him. He is looking for commissions, representation and/or donations, which albeit small would make a huge difference for him. You can get in touch with Mubashir directly on:

Mubashir Hassan
T: +91-   9622663411
E: mubashirhassanpj@gmail.com
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PODCASTS

ANGELA CHRISTOFILOU

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Jamie Clark, photographer and Photojournalism Hub Associate is in conversation with actress, voice over artist and photographer Angela Christofilou.

In this podcast, Angela shares her photography career and her inspiring path to visual narrative. She describes how she began photographing, how she has found empowerment through photography and how she believes this can be a powerful tool for other women, too.

Angela is also sharing insight into her important and ongoing work covering protests, a body of work that is archive at Bishopsgate Institute.

To see her work: Website Instagram

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ERICA DEZONNE

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In this podcast, freelance photojournalist Erica Dezonne is in conversation with Jamie Clark, our podcaster and photographer. Originally from Brazil and based in London, Erica is sharing her fascinating journey into capturing world events, news and stories through the camera lens. Erica’s career sees her working through the fast and challenging world of news for the RAC Group in Campinas, which is one of the biggest media company in the state of São Paulo in Brazil, all the way to reporting on the street of London. Her photography work has gained recognition in various awards finals, including the prestigious Esso final Award in 2011. Erica’s innate curiosity and passion that transpires in her reporting is splendidly summarized in her own words “with my Finnish heritage I had the bravery and courage to leave my comfort zone in Brazil and face what the world is saving for me.

www.ericadezonne.com IG & Twitter: @ericadezonne #ericadezonne

Prostitutes after police enforcement ©Erica Dezonne

Podcast by photographer, videographer Jamie Clark, jamiephclark@yahoo.co.uk

HANNAH MORNEMENT

In this podcast, photojournalist and documentary photographer Hannah Mornement is interviewed by Jamie Clark about her photographic work The Road to Mote and her journey as a photographer.
Through discussing her long form powerful project The Road to Mote and her personal journey into photojournalism and documentary photography , Hannah shares her working methods and she lets us into the intricacies of working as a photojournalist today. Her passion for humanitarian issues and her years’ long experience of working in challenging environments from Antarctica to Africa has led her to work alongside many international charities and NGO’s documenting complex humanitarian issues. In this podcast, Hannah talks about her photo stories of people relying on food banks in the UK, of children living in orphanages in Eastern Europe, of famine and food security in Africa, as well as discussing her role and the role of photojournalism in documenting social issues today.

www.hannahmornement.com IG & Twitter: #hmornement @teapot_one

Podcast by photographer, videographer Jamie Clark, jamiephclark@yahoo.co.uk

MINI TALKS

The Photojournalism Hub Live Mini Talks: a series of conversations with photojournalists and practitioners on their work and on their experiences to share useful advices and insightful know-how on photography and current topics.

Cinzia D’Ambrosi, founder/director of the Photojournalism Hub is in conversation with Asha Mukanda, activist, writer and executive assistant of the Open Institute in Kenya. The conversation surrounds the impact that the current pandemic is having on the existing issue of health disparities and police brutality in Kenya.

Cinzia D’Ambrosi (Photojournalism Hub) with Asha Mukanda

Photographer and Photojournalism Hub collaborator Carli Adby in conversation with Cinzia D’Ambrosi, founder and director of the Photojournalism Hub discussing ongoing and future engagement programme of the PJH including an ongoing call for photographers and journalists on injustices and inequalities laid bare by Covid-19 and the Photojournalism Nights, an event dedicated solely to photojournalism.

Cinzia D’Ambrosi (Photojournalism Hub) with Carli Adby

Carli Adby from the Photojournalism Hub is in conversation with Suzanne Plunkett from Women Photograph discussing under representation in the photography industry and how we can lift the voices of ourselves and those around us, particularly those who otherwise are overlooked.

In Conversation with Suzanne Plunkett, Women Photograph – 12/06/20

Carli Adby and Suzanne Plunkett

 ‘Covering conflict in Iraq’ – in conversation with Claire Thomas –  29/05/20 

Cinzia D’Ambrosi (Photojournalism Hub) and Claire Thomas

‘Being a photojournalist on the frontlines’ – in conversation with Felipe Paiva –  16/05/20 

Cinzia D’Ambrosi (Photojournalism Hub) with Felipe Paiva

Cinzia D’Ambrosi, founder and director of the Photojournalism Hub introduces an ongoing series of mini Talks, live conversations on Insta with various practitioners to share useful and insightful topics.

Cinzia D’Ambrosi, Photojournalism Hub

INTERVIEWS / ARTICLES

Gueules Gazées

By Roberto di Mola 

Gueules Gazées is an ongoing documentary series showing the effects of tear gas among
protestors. Grins, runny noses and burning eyes are just the visible effects. According to a study published by the French association of toxicology-chemistry the aftermaths of exposure could be serious and permanent damages might be caused to the nervous system, to the breathing apparatus
and to the sight. Moreover it certifies the presence of small amounts of cyanide potentially
toxic in case of long exposures.

Gueules Gazées tries not only to underline direct consequences of potentially lethal
weapons used against civilians, but it also aims to show people’s strategies to relieve pain
and provide first aid to those affected by the gas. Heavily armed police, LBD, tear gas: are there any other more peaceful means to provide security and safeness in public order policing?

Instagram: #mirai.mir

Paris, June 2020. Milk is often used to alleviate burns that reach the eyes. Here, after
the passage of the demonstrators, milk flows on the street.
Paris, June 2020. A protester makes a grimace of pain.
Paris, June 2020. A protester sprays his face with milk.
Paris, June 2020. A demonstrator receives assistance.
Paris, July 2020. A typical riot police squad: one of them is holding a LBD gun. The
majority of serious injuries are caused by the reckless use of this weapon.
Paris, June 2020. A Parisian café after being attacked with tear gas.
Paris, June 2020. A man trying to get out from the café after the attack.
Paris, June 2020. More and more protesters, aware of the effects, equip themselves with the necessary to provide first aid.

Paris, June 2020.In this case an umbrella is used to better protect themselves from
“toxic winds”.

Paris, July 2020. Another technique is used to curl up against the wind.

Photographs by Roberto di Mola
Instagram: #mirai.mir

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