Shanwan / Chaprial (J&K): It's been 10 years since Sharda Devi, a Kashmiri migrant, shifted to a migrant camp near Jammu.
She used to live in Chaprial, a village just about 800 metres away from the Line of Control. But the last day she spent at home was when she got caught in crossfire.
Though Sharda has recovered, the doctors still haven't been able to get the bullet out of her brain.
"There used to be fire on the borders for all 24 hours. For 12 years we lived like that, there was no cure for me also. What's the use of going back to our homes now,” she says.
However, like Sharda, there are thousands of others from over 200 border villages who migrated at the time of the Kargil war.
Though some returned after a ceasefire that was declared in November 2003, most migrants at the camp where Sharda lives say they don't want to take the risk.
"This was the fourth time we left our homes. We ran away in 1947, 1965 1971 war and then during Kargil. It's not easy for us to return. We're not going back,” says another Kashmiri migrant, Kanha Ram.
The bullet marks on the houses in Chaprial and Shanwan are witness to the fear the villagers had been living with. But now, the administration says it's working towards bringing the people back.
"We're thinking we will give them some land here so they can live here and go for cultivation beyond the fence,” says Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Hridesh Kumar.
It has been three years since the guns have fallen silent on the Indo-Pak borders, but for many the scars are fresh. And as an uneasy calm prevails in villages, some houses wait to see signs of life once again.