Shelling Hits Students As Schools Near Line Of Control Shut Down

Over the last week, Pakistan repeatedly violated ceasefire in Rajouri. Two civilians were killed and several were injured. Many residential structures were badly damaged, 87 schools which had around 4,600 students, closed down.

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Shelling Hits Students As Schools Near Line Of Control Shut Down

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Over the last week, Pakistan repeatedly violated ceasefire in Rajouri.

For the last three days, a migrant camp in Rajouri has been home for hundreds of people displaced by Pakistani shelling. More than seven villages have been affected by repeated shelling and the families have been evacuated to temporary camps.

Monica Heer from Nowshehra sector of Line of Control is camping with her sister and father for a week. But the Class 9 student is finding it hard to study in a cramped migrant shelter. She has no books, no teachers, no classes and is losing her determination. "The firing is so intense we can't even come out of our homes. We can't study in these circumstances, even if we try," she said.

Back home in Nowshehra, there is fear in schools. Some of the schools which opened briefly last week had to be shut down due to incessant shelling by Pakistan. The panic-stricken students and staff say the situation is just not conducive for studies.

"The firing starts suddenly in the morning, just when the school hours begin... it gets very difficult," said a teacher, Gurmeet Singh.

Over the last week, Pakistan repeatedly violated ceasefire in Rajouri. Two civilians were killed and several were injured. Many residential structures were badly damaged, 87 schools which had around 4,600 students, closed down.

"We have closed all schools from the border areas and moved many people to migrant camps," said Shahid Iqbal, the District Commissioner of Rajouri.

People at the LoC are suffering on multiple fronts due to constant shelling by Pakistan, students being the worst sufferers, their schools are shut and they look at an uncertain future.

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