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Kashmir: Happy Valley, Valley of Death William W. Baker

Kashmir: Happy Valley, Valley of Death

William W. Baker

Published January 28th 1994
ISBN : 9780964210172
Paperback
177 pages
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DO NOT FORGET WE HAVE GIVEN OUR TODAY FOR YOUR TOMORROW. So reads the epitaph on the headstone of a fifteen-year-old Kashmiri boy, laid to rest among a sea of gravestones and markets in a special cemetery for martyred children. I visited thatMoreDO NOT FORGET WE HAVE GIVEN OUR TODAY FOR YOUR TOMORROW. So reads the epitaph on the headstone of a fifteen-year-old Kashmiri boy, laid to rest among a sea of gravestones and markets in a special cemetery for martyred children. I visited that cemetery on three occasions, during two of which I witnessed the burials of a thirteen and ten year old who were being lowered beneath the soil. At both burials I approached the grieving families with a sense of guilt and helplessness.As the parents, family and friends realized who I was, despite the agony and grief which resulted, they lovingly unwrapped the bodies of their children for me to see the bullet holes, the torn flesh of innocent youth.Then, with hardly a word and tears streaming down their faces, they mothers lifted their outstretched arms with palms turned upward and looking into my eyes and asked simply, Why?.