Conflict in the Indian Administered Kashmir has led to the loss of loving fathers, husbands and breadwinners, leaving innocent families struggling to survive
Kashmiri women were once key drivers in developing the Kashmiri economy, leading in education, the handicraft and small businesses industries. However, over five decades of continuous conflict, a huge number of men have been forcibly abducted from their homes, workplaces, farms and streets, leaving many families without husbands or fathers. Our Kashmir appeal strives to assist these grieving families and help them through the poverty that losing a key breadwinner can cause.
Kashmiri widows are known as ‘half-widows’ because the disappearance of their husbands during the conflict has meant that they are unsure whether their husbands have passed away. These women are unable to bury or mourn their loved ones, leaving them without closure to move on with their lives or remarry. Additionally, they are forced to adopt a greater breadwinning role, often working back-breaking days for little income and struggling to feed and clothe their children every day.
The conflict has orphaned hundreds of thousands of children
Children are the most innocent and vulnerable victims of the ongoing fighting in Kashmir. Widows have become the head of their households, desperately struggling to provide food, shelter and protection for their orphaned children. Our Kashmir aid programmes are designed to alleviate this stress, enabling lone mothers to confidently feed and nurture their children, whilst providing young orphans with the nutrition and care they need to succeed.
Many orphan children leave school to work and help their mothers. This lack of education reduces their future prospects further and creates a vicious cycle of suffering. Please support our Kashmir charity appeal to provide assistance and break the continuous struggle that these innocent families face.