Kashmir: The Other Martyrs

Dr. Arif Ashad helps a PTSD victims in Srinagar, Kashmir

Kashmir: The Other Martyrs

Since 1984, Suzanne has been intimately involved with Kashmir and its people and has witnessed a Himalayan paradise with a strong and vibrant population brought to its knees. For the past two decades Kashmiris have been forced to cope with a cyclical life of continual conflict, insecurity, and the threat of physical and emotional harm. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is on the rise – a majority of victims are women whose suicide rate is now higher than that of men.

Dr. Arif Ashad and his non-governmental organization, Prevention and Care for Everyone (PACE) in Srinagar, Kashmir, is a critical resource for meeting the post-traumatic stress needs of women, children and families whose houses, he says, “look like haunted places”. Currently, there are approximately 400,000 people with stress disorder, stress diabetes and hypertension, and many more who suffer in other ways from psychological trauma related to violence.

Global Humanitarian Photojournalists is soliciting funds for The Other Martyrs which will help open PTSD medical clinics and counseling centers for marginalized women who have no source of income and desperately need skills training to support their families.

 

About Suzanne Hayano

Suzanne Hayano entered the field of Visual Anthropology and received a Masters Degree in Social Anthropology at California State University at Northridge while simultaneously working in the Mexican-American community of Los Angeles in the 1970’s. She currently divides her year between California, South Africa and India.

Suzanne studies people; she studies facial character, body language, and different lifestyles as reflective of the influences of environment and culture. Her first published photographs were of the Nicaraguan Sandinista revolutionary leaders; and, staying in the Americas, she subsequently spent 10 years (1970-1980) researching and documenting village economics in the Peruvian Amazon and traditional textiles in the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes.

Since 1984, Suzanne has been intimately involved with Kashmir and it’s people. She has been witness to the political nightmarish decade of ‘the terrible ’90s’ and the most recent human rights abuses of this 21st century as the Kashmiris have attempted to (re)define their political affiliation with the government of India. She says, “It is now the time to tell the grassroots, intimate story of the conflict’s effects on the Kashmiri family structure and the psychological impact on it’s members – especially the women as they deal with the aftermath of loss and insecurity which often manifests itself in severe post-traumatic stress syndrome”.

In 2007, Suzanne published IN FULL-FRAME, PORTRAITS OF GUJARAT, a photography book with 140 of her color photographs. In Dharamsala, India in May of 2008, she was the Staff Photographer for the Tibetan Olympics.