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More than 36 years after taking this photo I feel sorry that I cut off a part of the small child's back. I guess I was too intent on not harming the big girl's feet to really notice the small one sitting on the wall. At least, with the smallest margin possible, I managed to save every toe.

This is from Sopore, a town in the Kashmir Valley in north-western India. I was on a tourist tour by bus to be able to see some of the countryside around the capital Srinagar. I didn't enjoy the tour very much because we always seemed to stop at the wrong places, not where I wanted to take pictures.

Here in Sopore I guess we were supposed to go looking for souvenirs, but of course I prefered to go looking for girls :-).

During the unrest that broke out in Kashmir in 1989 Sopore was one of the hot-spots and witnessed lots of fighting between Indian security forces and separatists.

As always I wonder what happened to these children. Hopefully they grew up happily. Maybe the big girl is now a grandmother.

You can see a larger version here. I have added two more pictures from the same place as workshops.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3359 W: 298 N: 6999] (37149)
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