In Srinagar’s J&K Yateem Khaneh near Chattbal crossing, around 350 orphans belonging to different parts of Valley are observing fast, different from others, in this month of Ramadhan. It was an emotional rendezvous of Kashmir Life’s Photojournalist, Bilal Bahadur with orphan-bulge of Kashmir, whose parents became ‘casualty of conflict’.
Surged Silhouette: A study by UK-based child rights organization, Save the Children, revealed in May 2012 that estimated population of orphans in Jammu and Kashmir is 2,14,000 and 37 percent of them were orphaned due to the armed conflict. These kids follows the regular routine inside institution.
Collective Cleansing: “I don’t really know them, but I know this: they’re just like your kids were. Or are. Sweet, trusting, good in ways we adults hardly even remember. We have to look out for them. Not because of the tattoos, or in spite of them, but because they’re kids and we’re supposed to look out for kids.” ― Sabrina Vourvoulia
Quiet Queue: “Tell me, Theodore, were you playing against orphans, by any chance?” ― Sheri Cobb South, The Weaver Takes a Wife
Common Share: “Orphanages are the only places that ever left me feeling empty and full at the same time.” ― John M. Simmons
Dating Destiny: “It’s a good excuse, though, orphanhood. It explains everything—every mistake and wrong turn. As Sherlock Holmes declared. She had no mother to advise her. How we long for it, that lack of advice! Imprudence could have been ours. Passionate affairs. Reckless adventures. Of course we’re grateful for our stable upbringings, our hordes of informative relatives, our fleece-lined advantages, our lack of dramatic plots. But there’s a corner of envy in us all the same. Why doesn’t anything of interest happen to us, coddled as we are? Why do the orphans get all the good lines?” ― Margaret Atwood, The Tent
Solemn Patience:“We, who have so much, need to reach out to the orphans of this world and show them the care, hope, and love they deserve.” ― Kim De Blecourt, Until We All Come Home: A Harrowing Journey, a Mother’s Courage, a Race to Freedom
Searching Someone:“It’s all right. I’m not upset. After all, they were just things. When you’ve lost your mother and your father, you can’t care so much about things, can you?” ― Kazuo Ishiguro, When We Were Orphans
Precious Plate: “Perhaps there are those who are able to go about their lives unfettered by such concerns. But for those like us, our fate is to face the world as orphans, chasing through long years the shadows of vanished parents. There is nothing for it but to try and see through our missions to the end, as best we can, for until we do so, we will be permitted no calm.” ― Kazuo Ishiguro, When We Were Orphans
Vicissitude Visages: Not everyone can be an orphan. Andre Gide
Addressing Heavens: Victory has a hundred fathers but defeat is an orphan. Galeazzo Ciano
Towards Salvation: “Do you not know that God entrusted you with that money (all above what buys necessities for your families) to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to help the stranger, the widow, the fatherless; and, indeed, as far as it will go, to relieve the wants of all mankind? How can you, how dare you, defraud the Lord, by applying it to any other purpose?” ― John Wesley
Abode Ambiance: It is not the physical pain that endangers orphans the most. It is the mental pain caused by stress from years and years of being neglected, pushed aside, disregarded, unloved, and made to feel undeserving, and in almost all cases, made to feel like a possession rather than an equal human being. Even more it is the lack of unconditional love, the right to be accepted, as a child and to be loved, as a child, no matter what you do is the most wounding. — Roger Dean Kiser, from Orphan – A true Story of Abandonment, Abuse and Redemption.
Breaking Hiatus: “The orphan does not rejoice after a heavy breakfast. – Cape Coast, Ghana” African Proverb quote.
Bowing Synergy: “Worship Allah and associate nothing with Him, and to parents do good, and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbor, the neighbor farther away, the companion at your side, the traveler, and those whom your right hands possess (slaves). Indeed, Allah does not like those who are proud and boastful. [Al-Qur’an Surah Nisa 4:36]” ― Asma Naqi
Class Catharsis: “There are a lot of fallen angels and orphans out there.” -Jeffrey Berman
Captioned by: Bilal Handoo