In photos: Kashmirs nomadic tribe faces existential crisis

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The Bakarwals are part of a 3.4-million-strong nomad community in Jammu and Kashmir

In Indian-administered Kashmir, a nomadic tribe is struggling to maintain its traditional lifestyle in the face of changing forest landscapes and weather conditions.

“People try to paint a rosy picture of our life but ours is, in fact, a saga of endurance and miseries,” says Liaqat Khan, a shepherd from the Bakarwal tribe.

The Bakarwals are part of a 3.4 million-strong nomadic community of the Jammu and Kashmir region, whose primary occupation is rearing cattle.

At around 55km (34.17 miles) from Srinagar – the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir – they camp in Dardwodur forests.

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The Bakarwals are nomadic forest dwellers

In these alpine woods, they carry out their traditional routine – women collect firewood for the stoves of their makeshift kitchen, kids play and giggle around their goats, while men go uphill to graze their herd.

The community has for centuries relied on the forest and lived off this land to survive and thrive.

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