The Kashmir unrest of 2016 refers to a series of violent protests in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Curfew was imposed in all 10 districts of the valley on 8th July and mobile services were also suspended.
Local populations affected by the lockdown for in the following ways:
- No access to essential food items
- No access to medicine
- No access to transport
- Telephone and mobile networks are still severely limited
Villages and rural areas are already isolated and disconnected from their surroundings due to lack of infrastructure. The current curfew regime imposed on the main cities has had a severe effect on these villages as they rely on the cities for essentials such as medical care, education and employment. Emergency services are currently inaccessible to villagers due to the curfew in the cities.
The affected people of the Kashmir Valley need your support
Many families have lost everything during this turmoil and now have no support. The target areas are the districts of Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam, Pulwama. These are the main areas comprising South Kashmir which are not only underdeveloped and lack meaningful development but have suffered most due to the recent unrest.
15000 injured and current death toll stands at over 100
15,000 people have been injured so far, 100 people have been killed & More than 400 people have lost their eyesight due to pellet injury. 25 Schools have been burnt by vandals. Majority of roads have been damaged in ongoing clashes & people from villages have lost any connectivity to the cities. The worst affected people are literally forced to beg, borrow & steal to feed their families. The winter season will bring further suffering to those members of rural communities already afflicted by the consequences of the curfew. The snows will begin falling at anytime now and the most vulnerable will become isolated. People are out of essential supplies. People are already in need of food supplies, blankets, fire-pots, firewood, medicines etc.
Mother HelpAge Rapid Response Teams working in most affected areas
Our team has been working on the ground since day 1 of the unrest. Mother HelpAge has distributed emergency food packages to over 150,000 beneficiaries in the valley of Jammu & Kashmir since the crisis began.
In addition, the Mother HelpAge response teams have been providing on-going support to local hospitals in the capital in the areas of paediatrics and provision of medicines. Community clinics have been set up in areas of the greatest need providing assistance to the needy, with a special focus on the elderly.
To date, the valley of Kashmir remains in crisis, and hundreds of thousands are still in dire need of humanitarian assistance.
Rebuilding schools is a priority so as to limit the effects of the crisis on the young. The majority of youth that have lost their sight due to the lethal pellet injuries cannot afford the required treatment. We need your support to provide them financial assistance so they can receive appropriate treatment.
We fill the gap between knowing “what works” and having impact at scale. For those that supported us during this time, on behalf of our staff, volunteers, and the communities we serve, we would like to extend to you our kind gratitude and appreciation. Your generous support is indispensable.