Kashmir has been a very complicated place since the partitioning of India and Pakistan in 1947. Two wars have been fought over this highly contested land with the Kashmiri people caught in the middle. Kashmir had retained a certain amount of sovereignty having its own government and establishing its own laws.
This has now changed. On August 5th India sent tens of thousands of troops into Kashmir removing its government and its sovereignty. They arrested about two thousand political leaders, business men and educators. They have the region on strict curfew and have shut down all forms of communication. No tourists are allowed into the region until further notice. Because of this we have cancelled our plans to visit there on this trip. Please see our prayer requests for this area and help us pray for our friends.