Face of Kashmir’s ‘pellet horror’ 20-month-old Hiba features among TRT World’s 10 ordinary people who faced extraordinary circumstances

Srinagar: Hiba Nisar who became the youngest victim of pellets in Kashmir and probably in the world has featured among the  ten ordinary people who faced extraordinary circumstances and made an impact in 2018 on Turkey’s TRT World.

Besides Hiba others who are in the list include Amal Hussain, a 7 year old Yemeni girl who became the face of suffering in war-torn Yemen.

Twenty-month-old Hiba Nisar, from southern Kashmir’s Shopian district has become the youngest pellet gun victim.

Hiba’s mother Marsala Jan said that she, Hiba and her son were sitting in a kitchen when they felt suffocated due to heavy tear gas shelling by government forces outside. “As we tried to move out of the kitchen and open the door of our house, a pellet hit Hiba in the eye and she cried in pain.”

Hiba’s family lives in Kaprin village of Shopian, about a kilometre from the Batagund village where six militants and a soldier were killed in a gunfight last month. During the encounter, clashes broke out between local youths and government forces and the latter resorted to pellet firing, and showered bullets and tear smoke shells to disperse stone pelting protestors.

Besides Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi also featured in the list. She is best known for appearances in images and videos in which she confronts Israeli soldiers. Tamimi is considered a symbol of resistance against Israeli occupation in the West Bank, and a courageous advocate for Palestinian independence. 

Others who include in the list are Stephen Hawking, Indian actress Tanushree Dutta, Palestinian medic Razaan Al Najjar who was shot by Israeli forces, Richard Appiah Akoto Ghanian Teacher, Ali Banat 32-year-old Australian millionaire, Hassan Al Kontar Syrian refugee and 83-year- old Ali Mese.

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