Faces of Hope from Gilgit, Pakistan

Posted on November 5, 2007
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In a time when news emanating from Pakistan look depressing, this photo may rekindle a new hope for the future. Decorative face painting is a common practise in Northern Areas of Pakistan. Photo credits belong to Kamran Safdar.

12 Comments on “Faces of Hope from Gilgit, Pakistan”

  1. Mustafa says:
    November 5th, 2007 11:40 pm

    Hope doesn’t come from calculating whether the good news is winning out over the bad. It’s simply a choice to take action and stand up for what you believe in.

  2. Asma says:
    November 6th, 2007 4:34 am

    Are you sure it’s decorative face painting and not a slip up =))

    Very cute and thanks for sharing in such times!

  3. D_a_n says:
    November 6th, 2007 5:26 am

    brough a smile to my face :) .. thanks!

  4. Neena says:
    November 6th, 2007 7:36 am

    Looks like young one is a super poser ;). Hope both girls remain happy and friends for life.

  5. Astarte says:
    November 6th, 2007 7:55 am

    Great photograpgh and the need of the hour :)

  6. Sridhar says:
    November 6th, 2007 8:57 am

    Nice picture. Pictures of children cannot fail to bring a smile to one’s face. Is this practice of face painting common amongst all communities of the Northern Areas or is it only done by certain communities?

  7. Amir Khan Gilgit says:
    November 6th, 2007 12:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing the oicture from Gilgit. I belong to Gilgit. I would like to further explain the painting on the face of child. Basically thid painting called ‘pooru’ in local in one of the local languages. First the hone ‘sing’ of sheep is burned a bit then it is rubed with stone adding some water. It becomes like a redish thik liquide. Then it is applied on the face. It is very common in Gilgit Baltistan.

  8. Noor Muhammad says:
    November 7th, 2007 8:01 am

    Isn’t it ironic that we could not look beyond the face painting!! Ins’t it finding delight in disgust? The layers of dirt that are so visible on the collar of the children were too self explanatory.

    These ill fated children will never be able to vote for their leaders in Pakistan. They will never be called Pakistanis. They will either be titled “Kashmiri” or “Kashmiri Muhajir”. Their entire Northern Light Infentary was called the “cult of Kashmiri Mujahidins”.

    The Pakistani brethern are too busy painting faces and dont’ bother to look beyond the cosmetic layers.

  9. Neena says:
    November 7th, 2007 10:01 am

    Amir Khan Gilgit,

    Why do they paint children faces like this; to prevent some evil eye or just to make them look cool?

    Noor Muhammad,

    Northern areas should have governments under central control so we can get rid of FATA appointed candidates monopoly. Tourism industry can create jobs so locals can have decent lives. All in all those extremists need to behave so we can all live in peace and harmony.

    Thanks to our priorities; dirty clothes on kids are very common sight in all over Pakistan. Infant mortality rate (http://tinyurl.com/24s4d7) is one of the highest in Pakistan. We are at rank 33 and above 32 almost all are war ridden countries.

  10. Rehan says:
    November 7th, 2007 11:13 am

    I’m sorry but I think the face-painting looks scary.

  11. Trish says:
    March 22nd, 2009 7:57 pm

    I think this child is beautiful. Just look at her eyes. She is a precious gift. Both of these children are beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

  12. Qausain says:
    March 23rd, 2009 12:18 pm

    Masha’Allah.. dono bachy bohat Khobsorat hain.

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