know your neighbour

Away from home, dreaming of freedom

Posted by chimeki on November 26, 2017

Zulfikar and Fatima, photo by Kausiki Sharma

For Fatima Siyal Shah, a Pakistani Sindhi refugee in Delhi, her husband Zulfiqar Shah is the world. “Often, I wish I could go back to my land but then I look at him and think, what he would do without me,” she says. Sitting cross-legged on a borrowed bed and assembled bedding in a small dingy room in Delhi’s Sultanpuri, she talks about missing her family in Pakistan but cannot think of going back. “My conscience doesn’t allow me to leave him,” she says.

(The article was first published in Tehelka magazine. To read the full article click here)

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