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Those Left Behind

Yasmeen Jan, 31, widow of Shafat Sidiq, a Kashmir based photojournalist, cradles her twoyear- old son Mohammad at their home in Bohri Kadal, Srinagar. During the recent floods in Kashmir, Yasmeen’s husband Shafat had gone on assignment to shoot pictures of the water that had inundated Lal Chowk. He did not return. Five days after he went missing, rescue workers came across Shafat’s bloated body, his two cameras still around his neck. He had not filed any pictures with his employer, Dainik Jagran, a Hindi daily, but the cameras recovered showed that he had taken quite a few. Shafat had been a photojournalist for 20 years and was the only breadwinner of his family. He is survived by his father, his mother and two sisters, apart from his wife and son. So far, they say, they have received no help from either the government or Shafat’s employer

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