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 â€“ 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, â€œlook like haunted placesâ€Â. 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.