Médecins Sans Frontières shut down its operations in the Kupwara district of Kashmir last month and will significantly reduce its activities in the valley as a whole, cutting a staff of 100 by more than half.
“The reason that we left Kupwara district really is because of the necessary downscale in our operation,” said J.J. Fisher, the project coordinator for MSF Holland in Kashmir, who said that the group was trying to conserve resources for medical treatment in case of an emergency. “We do see there are still needs in the area to be met. It’s not that we’re saying that everything’s perfect in Kupwara district. But sometimes we have to make difficult decisions.”