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NEITHER HERE NOR THERE

Once upon a time, Kashmir was a remote valley region, peacefully inhabited by Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists. But in 1949 it was divided, a third going to Pakistan and two-thirds to India. Then, in 1989, separatists launched a movement to reclaim it as their own. Does Kashmir belong to the Indians, to the Pakistanis, or to itself? Photojournalist AMI VITALE explores a once serene frontier land unsettled by a fierce independence movement.
In the Himalayan mountains north of Srinagar, 2003

A Hindu woman and her child make the pilgrimage to the Holy Cave of Amarnath. Some 21,000 Indian soldiers and policemen are deployed along the mountain route to protect the pilgrims from separatist militants.
Outside Srinagar, 2003

Indian security forces storm a Kashmiri protest against the death of a 17-year-old student allegedly taken from his home by security forces and killed. The startled protesters ran away so quickly that many lost their shoes.
Srinagar, 2002

Indian border-security force soldiers patrol tranquil Dal Lake, once a popular tourist destination in Indian-administered Kashmir's summer capital.
For more Kashmir photos, please visit www.amivitale.com
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