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Gul Sharif, caretaker of Hotel Noor Palace, sits on the swing to enjoy a brief leisure. In the days before the conflict, Gul wouldn't have the free time, as the 200 plus hotels of Kalam are usually packed with tourists in summer. Kalam, Swat Valley, Pakistan. 2011/05/24.

In 2009, conflict erupted in the idyllic Swat Valley - a paradise on earth that has not seen conflict for hundreds of years. Since 9/11, the Taliban from the tribal belt between Pakistan and Afghanistan has been slowly creeping into the Swat Valley to establish a new foothold. Even as the Pakistan government turned a blind eye to the shadowy development for years, international attention slowly turned to the peaceful valley, where the Taliban started to execute people in public and shut down schools. In May 2009, under mounting pressure, the Pakistani army launched a major military operation to eradicate the Taliban. What ensued was the largest exodus of internally-displaced people since the Partition in 1947. Three million people fled their ancestral homeland - a place they always known as "janad", or paradise on earth. This project seeks to explore the effects of global terrorism on the psyche of people from conflict zones.

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