Outnumbered, one man from Balochistan still marches for his people
Series: Profiles in courage from Balochistan
A series by Jahanzeb Hussain
In 1930, Mohandas Gandhi embarked on his famous Salt March, travelling 380 km, while producing salt and refusing to pay Britain’s tax, in defiance of colonial rule. In 2013, 70-year-old Mama Qadeer Baloch and a handful of comrades covered greater than five times that distance, marching more than 2,000 km across Pakistan to demand an end to human rights abuses in the province of Balochistan and the return of missing persons.
Mama Qadeer Baloch is a founder of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons, formed five years ago to bring attention to atrocities committed by the Pakistani armed forces in Balochistan. The tale of the Missing Persons of Balochistan is one of the most underreported in the world. In the past decade, the Pakistani state has kidnapped almost 20,000 people from Balochistan, as part of its dirty war to crush the nationalist insurgency and freedom movements. The policy of abducting Baloch youth, leaders, and intellectuals, torturing them and dumping their mutilated dead bodies in remote parts of the province is known as “kill and dump.”
In this exclusive interview, Jahanzeb Hussain talks to Mama Qadeer Baloch about his ongoing journey.