Silver / 2018 / Press / People/Personality

Into the Darkness: Life after being shot by over 100 pellets

  • Prize
    Silver in Press/People/Personality
  • Photographer
    Wei Tan

In the summer of 2017, after popular Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani was killed by Indian security forces, Kashmir experienced months of violent protests during which Indian officers used pellet guns - a form of a shotgun that indiscriminately shoot up to 500 small,iron pellets - to subdue protestors. July 11th, 2017 in Sedow Village, the Southern part of Kashmir, an area that experienced some of the most violence, protests broke out on the only road passing through the village. Insha Mushtaq Lone, who was just 14 years old and had dreams of becoming a cardiologist, was studying at home when she looked outside. That’s when she was shot in the face by an Indian force officer with over 100 pellets. Insha’s front, nasal, and maxillary bones were broken. Her right eye was ruptured, her left eye was severely damaged.Since that day, life for Insha and her family has completely changed.