Kashmir farmers caught in border crossfire hit hard by drought

Villagers on the disputed India-Pakistan border used to coping with stray bullets and shells now fear being forced out by a prolonged drought

The past three decades have not been kind to the residents of Keerni in the foothills of the Himalayas. The village in India’s Poonch district, in Jammu and Kashmir state, sits on the disputed line of control between India and Pakistan, and people and cattle have often been maimed or killed in crossfire or by landmines.

Now Keerni’s inhabitants must grapple not only with heightened security threats but also a state-wide drought that is hitting them especially hard.

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