I had a lovely evening today with a couple of girlfriends. We went for sushi, my most consistent favourite cuisine and then headed over to the theatre to watch a documentary. Hot Docs is running its Canadian International Film Festival till May 3rd. As part of the festival we watched “Every Last Child” directed by Tom Roberts. It looks at the issue of Pakistan’s unprecedented spike of endemic polio from 2014....more
Nepal was hit with a devastating earthquake on Saturday, the worst of its kind in the last 80 years. It had a magnitude of 7.8. Over 1800 people are dead and the death toll is still rising. The earthquake struck near the capital city of Kathmandu and majority of the deaths are from there and the surrounding valley. Close to 5000 people are said to be injured. The quake set off a series of avalanches in Mount Everest and Northern India. Tibet and Bangladesh were also affected....more
‘I am Malala.’ The autobiographer uses the first person address in the title of her book. It gives a strong sense of presence, courageously telling the whole world that she is not afraid to tell her story to all who hears her. It is a bold statement that reveals her confident personality and a strong, fearless character....more
Green is my color but today I bathed in red. Again. I thought I could get used to the blood, but can life live with death?Green gives me hope, but today you stole it. Again. I drowned as innocent blood filled my veins.Green gives me courage, but today you brought me to my knees. Not because I feared you, but because of my helplessness.Green gives me peace, but today it shattered like glass, as little pieces of chaos cut through my flesh....more
It’s hard to imagine a comic book could provoke a firestorm of controversy and world-wide media attention, but in November 2013 when Marvel announced the new Ms. Marvel would be Kamala Khan, a sixteen-year-old Pakistani American teenager from Jersey, this is exactly what happened. As a Pakistani American myself, I was both intrigued and concerned by the news. It’s not every day people that look like me are featured in the media in a positive light....more
In 2012, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai struggled for her life in a hospital after being shot in the head by a member of the Taliban. Her crime? Advocating for all children, including girls, to have access to an education. In 2013, Malala was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize honoring her work and her bravery. ...more
I've had instances of being shocked by news reports heard over the radio, but none affected me as much as the one I heard on the radio while I was driving this past Tuesday. In the report, a 14 year old girl from Pakistan had been shot while on a school bus by the Taliban due to her outspokenness. Upon hearing of this, I was filled with shock, anger and disgust at the men who specifically targeted this young girl to silence her.