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In a region once called the most beautiful place on earth, social and political turmoil have led to dramatic abuses of human rights. According to a 2008 Worldfocus report, 20,000 deaths in Kashmir have been officially accounted for, but human rights organizations estimate that up to 70,000 people have died and 8,000 have “disappeared.” Around 1,000 bodies have been found in mass graves in Kashmir Valley, according to Haley Duschinski, who has conducted extensive research on the Kashmir conflict.

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After receiving monetary compensation for prosecuting her attackers, Mukhtar Mai used the funds to start a school for girls and young women and then enrolled herself! Learn more about how you can contribute to the Mukhtar Mai School for Girls in Pakistan.

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