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‘They wish everyday to be dead’: The struggles of children in Gujarat’s riot rehabilitation camps

The children of the riots continue to suffer psychological and physical scars, which no one in the administration has attempted to understand, let alone heal. Image: Sam Panthaky “I haven’t had a drink in five months,” said Javed Shaikh. His voice slurs and hands shake as he spits back into a tiny glass, the mango…

The woman who lost 25 members of her family in the 2002 riots and went on to help other widows

15 years after the communal carnage in Gujarat, Harsh Mander narrates a tale of exceptional courage. Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP | Farzan Biwi, 22, who lost her husband during the communal violence in Gujarat, kisses her 15-day-old baby at a relief camp in Ahmedabad in May 2002. I have engaged for many years with survivors of communal…

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