Pakistan: Missing persons camp, a week in images and quotes

Images and words from Amina Masood Janua whose husband Masood Janjua went missing in 2005

Day one

“Just came back from the Supreme Court. All the news regarding the release of 14 persons is false… The defense ministry only presented 7 people who’s identity is known. They were head scarfed” 

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Day 2

“This is not the life we wanted but the life we were forced to adopt. Sadly the second day is about to end and not even a single person from the authorities visited the missing persons camp.

Is this the roshan Pakistan we want to give our children?”

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Day 3

“Day 3 has started with the missing persons families settling down. Still no sign of cooperation or negotiations from the government officials.”

“Hamaray pyaray rihaa karoo”

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Day 4

“I wish you people knew our pain. The grief and agony of these women. The cries of little naive children. The broken hearts of these old men. It is not an easy life.”

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Day 5

-What is my crime?
-Is this my age to be sleeping on the road?
-Am I not a Pakistani citizen?
-Am I not a human?
-Don’t I have basic human rights?

“Join Defence of Human Rights to put an end to this unjustified torturous dilemma”

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Day 6

“Babbu one of the mother of a missing person is in serious condition vomiting blood. If something happens to her I will myself give a petition” BLAMING NAWAZ SHARIF for bringing the honorable mothers of this nation to such measures”

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Day 7

“Ham lekay rahainge AZAADII Ham lekay rahainge AZAADII Departing moments of the Missing Persons Camp. The camp close down with the hope that all the missing persons will be presented in the court of law on 18th December in front of the new Chief Justice & the proceedings will go just as intensely as before.

We shall come back. AGAIN. With even more strength and number. And Inshallah we will reunite every missing person.”

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

About Carol Anne Grayson

Blogging for Humanity.... Campaigner/researcher global health/human rights/drones/WOT/insurgency Exec Producer of Oscar nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad, currently filming on drones.
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