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‘Sickle cell disease is a lonely condition to live with’ 

I COULD’VE DIED LAST NIGHT! As my tissue and vessels are stabbed and ripped, it’s a struggle every day just not to lose grip. I’m running on the inside while standing still the outside, but at least I didn’t die last night. Your blood is life-giving, my blood is life taking. I’m too weak to … Continue reading

There is no shame in black hair

  When I heard that pupils at Pretoria Girls’ High School were being subjected to racism and told to suppress their ‘blackness’, I felt a sense of sadness and despair. The young students claimed African hairstyles such as afros, bantu knots, dreadlocks and braids were banned while chemically straighten hair was deemed as acceptable. How can … Continue reading

What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: A desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill”, Muhammad Ali The … Continue reading

French police brutality continues as Calais ‘Jungle’ is demolished

A video shot at 9am on Tuesday morning (1st March) by a volunteer from Help Refugees shows a young Iranian Kurdish couple peacefully protesting their eviction before being forced to the ground and beaten with batons by police. They have since been arrested. The husband was screaming that his wife was pregnant. The grassroots charity … Continue reading

Calais Jungle camp: Migrants evicted from makeshift shelters prepare for bulldozers

  Migrants living in the Calais “Jungle Camp” who were given an eviction notice to relocate before the bulldozers move in have been cooperating peacefully. French police ordered residents to vacate a third of the makeshift camp to make room for converted shipping containers fitted with electricity and heating. Since the basic accommodation will only … Continue reading

What can we learn from the Women in the World Summit?

As a journalist I am constantly reminded of how lucky and blessed my life is, but at time it is very easy to lose perspective. The Women in the World two-day Summit, which took place at Cadogan Hall last Thursday and Friday, was an enlightening dose of reality. By the end I was emotionally drained, … Continue reading

Beyond FGM and empowering others

The campaign to end Female Genital Mutilation (FMG) has taken a positive step in the right direction after British Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled new measures to crackdown the practice in England and Wales. Describing it as a “cruel, barbaric practice”, Cameron has ordered ministers to rush through new powers before schools break up next … Continue reading

Rwanda Genocide: Will the truth set us free?

The play Sense of an Ending, which was recently showing at Theatre503, explored the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide that killed an estimated 800,000 people in three months. The murders were committed along ethnic lines by army, police and a trained militia in the name of a racist ideology known as Hutu Power – extremists sought to slaughter … Continue reading

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