Author: Zaryab Makhdoom

No Longer Overlooked: Vaccination Prioritisation For The Disabled

Last month a 91-year-old grandmother from the United Kingdom became the first person in the world to be injected with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, hailing a massive scientific break through and a global sigh of relief. As countries around the world draw up plans to rollout their vaccination programs, the

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Xinjiang: Why Muslim-Majority Countries Are Silent

For decades, the Uyghur people in the Chinese region of Xinjiang have been oppressed by their own state. This oppression has intensified since 2014, and more recent activities threaten the whole culture. Muslim-majority countries turn a blind eye, and the world has been primarily focused on their own issues surrounding

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Israel’s Annexation Of The West Bank – Will It Still Happen?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s West Bank annexation deadline of July 1st came and went, having not received the green light from the U.S. administration. In January, President Trump announced a ‘deal of the century’, a Middle East peace plan that Palestinians deem to be constructed on Netanyahu’s desk. The

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Food Insecurity In An Uncertain Time

According to the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, 690 million people were hungry in 2019 and COVID-19 may add a further 83 – 132 million people to this number by the end of the year. The annual report published by multiple United Nations agencies last week

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Almost 10 Million Children At Risk Of Never Returning To School

For the first time in human history, an entire generation of children has had their education disrupted. By April 2020 to halt the spread of COVID-19, 1.6 billion learners globally, 90% of the entire student population, were out of school. A new report published by Save The Children has warned

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A Mental Health Crisis Following The Covid-19 Pandemic

A historical wave of mental health problems, such as depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicide has accompanied the Covid-19 pandemic.  Whilst many countries have spent billions in schemes to protect their economy and workplace, even the most developed of countries, however, have vastly underfunded mental health systems.

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A Green Way Forward Post COVID-19

The parallels between Covid-19 and climate change are evident. There are lessons to be learned from the coronavirus pandemic, that could put us in a better position to fight climate change in the future.

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The Covid-19 Pandemic Could Bring About Greater Equality In the UK

Months after the Coronavirus began to shut down the globe, countries are slowly adjusting to a new way of life. Ever since the virus landed in the U.K., it has been the “low paid healthcare workers, rubbish collectors, and supermarket stackers, not hedge fund managers or venture capitalists” who have

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The Covid-19 Pandemic Should Be Understood As A Health, Humanitarian And Development Emergency

The coronavirus pandemic should not only be understood as a health emergency, but also a humanitarian and developmental one as well. United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammad emphasizes, “these emergencies are compounding existing inequalities… In advanced economies, we’re seeing higher rates of mortality among already marginalized groups. And in developing

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Elections In Poland: Controversy And Outrage During A Global Pandemic

Poland’s first ever all-postal presidential election is scheduled to be carried out in the next 7 days, amidst the worst global pandemic of our lifetimes. Governing bodies around the world have called to suspend the controversial elections that have been planned for May 10th, with many accusing incumbent President Andrzej

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Ramadan And Covid-19: Mosques In Pakistan To Remain Open

This weekend, millions of Muslims around the world have welcomed the beginning of Ramadan. But this year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, most countries have shut their places of worship during the holy month, encouraging believers to practice their religion at home instead. The Khana Ka’ba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia,

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