Meet #Ifra and #Shaboroz, both pellet victims from same village and hit on same day by pellets in South Kashmir, Ifra said "she dreamt of being a doctor, but now her dream has been lost forever." while Shaboroz shared "I often get suicidal thoughts, and want to end my life, but then my friends and family comfort me." These girls, who had never met eachother before, became friends at SMHS hospital in Srinagar, and were joined by another girl, Shaboroza shortly after few hours of being brought in for their first surgeries and now all three are best friends, they call eachother "The Pellet Friends" though it is hard to imagine how someone could smile amid such chaos, and so much destruction, but these girls hide all agony and pain from strangers with bright and smiling faces, they are truly the epitome of resilience, and perseverance.
Ifra, often opens her books to study as she had been preparing for her 8th standard exam, when she was hit by pellets.
She said "Now, I try hard to study, but can't as I get tears in my eyes, then I break down and start crying, I wish I was shot dead like my father was, rather being disabled for life." Shaboroz, was preparing her 10th standard examination, and Shaboroza was ready to learn weaving, to support her very humble family, their one story mud house holds two rooms barely sufficient for the family of seven people.
Ifra, Shaboroz, and Shaboroza, all have lost their left eye each, completely to what government forces term as "non-lethal weapons". Please share, and stand up in protest against the use of pellet guns in Kashmir, we are losing a generation to these cruel pellets, it's better they kill us, then to blind and left us to rot for our entire lives.