Kokernag woman yearns for disappeared son

Kokernag, Ihk—Mahtaba, wiping tears off her eyes with her headscarf, points toward the sketch of a peacock on a wall of her room. The sketch is the most prominent symbol in the house that reminds her of her son, Fayaz, who was subjected to the enforced custodial disappearance by the army in September 2002.
A stranger’s knock at the door is immediately followed by her query she has repeated often enough: “Aav ma Fayaz (Has Fayaz returned).”
She poses this question because the years of weeping and frustrated expectation of her son’s return has blurred her eyesight.—KR

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