“Homeless in Our Homes”: Nomadic communities in Kashmir face dispossession

Pahalgam, Indian Occupied Kashmir

Abdul Aziz Khatana, 37, standing outside his demolished house in Lidora village in Pahalgam. (Photo: Stand with Kashmir)

“For years, no one touched us,” Khatana, 37, says. “This is our home and we are supposed to be here.”

Abdul Aziz Khatana, 37, outside his demolished house in Lidora village in Pahalgam. (Photo: Stand with Kashmir)
Bani Begum, mother of Aziz sitting at her village where the government is forcing the nomadic Muslim community out of their homes. (Photo Credit: Stand with Kashmir)
Photo: Stand with Kashmir

“We are taking care of forests,” Farooq, another villager says. “We have been living here and we will die here. We want the government not to harass us anymore.”

SWK is a Kashmiri diaspora-led international solidarity movement that seeks to end the Indian occupation and support the right to self-determination.