In centuries past, people who live in this mountainous region are rumored to have created their own glaciers as a defense against foreign invaders. Now, artificial glaciers called ice stupas are protecting some farmers from the impacts of climate change.
Global Press Journal's simulation of the Bursar dam reveals that when the dam is full, at least a dozen distinct communities are in the water's path. This graphic above shows accurate, scale topography based on satellite imagery and an accurate rendering of how the water will fill the valley when the dam is at capacity, based on the dam's height and its relationship with the valley's topography.
Women disabled in conflict-related violence are deemed a burden to their families and don’t have equal access to health care or economic opportunities. The government has mentioned the idea of compensation but hasn't taken any action.
Deadly protests that began in July have led to massive income loss in the Kashmir Valley, where most households rely on the wages of day laborers. The story of Mohammad Sultan is typical; his earnings have gone from the equivalent of $6 a day to perhaps $4.45 a week, partly because large construction sites, where he’d found regular work, were shut down as strikes ordered by armed groups prevented delivery of building materials.