India’s grieving 9-year-old seen as symbol of Kashmir’s suffering

Nine-year-old Burhan Fayaz is seen crying at the funeral of his friend Amir Nazir, a civilian who was killed during clashes in Kashmir. (Photo courtesy: Hindustan Times)

A photograph of an anguished boy with tears rolling down his cheeks swept the region, symbolizing human suffering that caused by Kashmir conflict.

The picture was taken at a funeral of a teenager that was killed during clashes in south Kashmir, and shows nine-year-old Burhan Fayaz grieving his best friend, Amir who was killed by a bullet in the neck.

“Amir was like my brother. Who will I play with now,” Burhan was cited in Indian daily Hindustan Times.

Amir’s family said he was ‘targeted’ while the police claimed that the death was caused by a ‘stray bullet.’

The image has been described by some as the defining image of the tragedy, according to Hindustan Times.

Waseem Andrabi, who took the picture of the boy said that he will be traveling to Begumbagh in Pulwama – where the attack took place – to track down the boy.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50