Case Of Ethiopian Engineer Detained In China Is Raised By PM Abiy Ahmed In Meeting With Xi

Originally published in supchina.com, May 2019 “We’re living in fear for my sister’s life,” says sister of 27-year-old Nazrawit Abera, who has been held since last December on drug trafficking charges that her family — and 180,000 petition signatories — believe to be false.   Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed raised attention to an individual … More Case Of Ethiopian Engineer Detained In China Is Raised By PM Abiy Ahmed In Meeting With Xi

Facing persecution at home, Ahmadiyya Muslims find refuge in Manila

Originally published in Rappler.com, January 2019  The Philippines is home to hundreds of refugees who identify as Ahmadiyya Muslims, a sect of Islam that’s constantly under attack in Muslim-majority countries. Less than 30 of them struggle to make a living in Metro Manila. MANILA, Philippines– For decades, followers of the Ahmadiyya faith, a minority sect … More Facing persecution at home, Ahmadiyya Muslims find refuge in Manila

Pride Parade is not as inclusive as most fantasize

Originally published in Pink Alliance’s newsletter Fatima Qureshi Once a year, Hong Kong is awash with rainbow flags and people of all shades and stripes donning face paint and jazzy outfits at the Pride Parade. #LoveisLove is written in bold across an army of banners raised high in the air by a whole host of … More Pride Parade is not as inclusive as most fantasize

‘End contractualization’: Sumifru workers spend Christmas at protest camp

Originally published in Rappler.com, December 2018 Instead of spending Christmas with their families in Compostela Valley, they build a Christmas tree made out of scraps at their protest camp in Liwasang Bonifacio MANILA, Philippines – Over 300 striking workers from Compostela Valley are celebrating the season away from home. In late November, workers under Sumifru … More ‘End contractualization’: Sumifru workers spend Christmas at protest camp

Floats with meaningful stories take spotlight at UP Lantern Parade 2018

Originally published in Rappler.com, December 2018 Check out some of the floats that came with their own messages during this year’s UP Lantern Parade Editor’s Note: The jeepney lantern was originally attributed to the College of Science and Technology, which is not the correct name of the college. It has since been edited to properly … More Floats with meaningful stories take spotlight at UP Lantern Parade 2018

Confronting attacks on internet freedom

Originally published in open.wtppl.org, November 2018 There’s a saying that goes, ‘yesterday was Tibet, today is Taiwan, tomorrow it could be Hong Kong’, a local Chinese activist anxiously told me while distributing flyers showing a list of thousands of missing persons in China. For 3 consecutive years, the 60-year old dentist-turned-activist observed National Day every October 1 … More Confronting attacks on internet freedom

Nationalism and racial classification in Hong Kong

Originally published in MediaDiversified.org, September 2018 Fatima Qureshi speaks to Ansah Malik, a civil rights activist about how she, a fifth-generation Hong Konger resists the city’s nihilistic attitude towards racism Twenty-one years after the British colonial administration handed Hong Kong over to a one-country-two-systems policy under China, minority groups continue to be disadvantaged and marginalised.  … More Nationalism and racial classification in Hong Kong

Two Women, One Goal: “When the time is right, we will return home in dignity.”

Originally published in tableoftwocities.org, February 2018  As told to Fatima Qureshi Unspeakable conditions at work, political conflicts at home and the ongoing battle for safety and security, Rita* and Anne* came to Hong Kong from the Philippines nearly 10 years ago in hopes to financially support their families as migrant domestic workers. But unforeseeable circumstances … More Two Women, One Goal: “When the time is right, we will return home in dignity.”

Mazahir Salih is the first Sudanese American woman in public office

Originally published in gal-dem.com, February 2018 The election on 7 November 2017 was an unforgettable day for America. This particular election day when US voters cast their ballots for state and city governors, marked a huge turning point in today’s fractured American politics. In the midst of ongoing national turmoil the states of Virginia, Minneapolis, … More Mazahir Salih is the first Sudanese American woman in public office