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My life growing up with a psychiatrist

In May we’ll mark Mental Health Week, so now feels like a good time to write about what it was like to grow up as the daughter of a psychiatrist. To begin, I thought, I would do a bit of research to see how others have covered the topic.  I didn’t have to look far…
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Israeli elections, Justin Trudeau and the meaning of inclusivity

Quite possibly the best thing to come out of the Israeli elections is the brilliant quote by an Israeli journalist, “To Bibi or Not To Bibi”. The spectre of the elections pales in comparison to Brexit; both were pretty much off the menu at this week’s Muslim News Awards for Excellence, which I attended. There…
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Genocide is genocide, no matter where it happens

Silent screams and distorted faces fill the streets of Kigali on the anniversary of those who remember the genocide. On the evening of 6 April 1994, the plane carrying the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi en route from Dar es Salaam to Kigali was shot down in a rocket attack. On 7 April, Radio Milles…
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April is the cruellest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land

What is it about April? April inspires thoughts of birds chirping, rebirth and hope. It inspired ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’ by William Wordsworth when he saw a “long belt” of daffodils on 15 April 1802. But T.S. Eliot may have been on to something more profound when he wrote in his epic poem,…
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Burundi: the humanitarian crisis we’ve all forgotten

There’s not a celebrity in sight to champion the world’s most undervalued humanitarian crisis in the world. Never heard of Burundi? Not surprising. The statistics make you want to weep. It’s ranked last in the World Happiness Report. It’s the second most impoverished nation on earth, with over 70 per cent of the population living…
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Sajid Javid can’t be blamed for the tragic death of Shamima Begum’s baby

The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, is not responsible for the death of Shamima Begum’s third child, regardless of what Labour shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott, claims. As this story slips from the headlines, it’s a good time to remember the plight of the vulnerable when they are displaced. The story of Begum, the ISIS bride,…
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