Kashmir & Punjab
In 1947, the mountainous state of Kashmir was divided and controlled by India and Pakistan. Over the past 65 years Kashmir fluctuated between moments of peace and revolt. While living in the Capital city of Srinagar I began working in the urban slums of Naidyar and Sheikh, where the main struggle facing locals is not owning land but finding a job with a high enough income to support the entire family. Many of the houses are held up by tin sheets or torn tarps stung up to make impromptu walls. For those living in the center of the slums, clean water is hard to come by and each family is tightly packed together in the maze of small alleyways. Even during a lull in violence, the effects of a constant military occupation on a region's economy is still very clear as life can become a day to day battle for the lower class.
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