Category Health/Mental Health

Kensington and Chelsea may have just avoided another major embarrassment after Grenfell [The Canary]

Report on the treatment of seven women living in a refuge by organisations in the borough of Kensington & Chelsea. First published in The Canary on 31 July 2017: Residents in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) are under pressure once more. After the media furore over RBKC’s treatment of Grenfell Tower survivors, […]

There’s a crisis looming in Europe. And in spite of Brexit, we need to be paying attention to it [The Canary]

In-depth feature on a school providing education to refugees on Chios and the ramifications of less EU funding. The situation on the hotspot islands has been neglected in the media eye since Brexit as the UK prepares to wash its hands of EU issues. First published in The Canary on 9 June 2017: One charity, […]

Everest to NYC: Female Saudi mountain-climber scales new summits [The New Arab]

Q&A with Raha Moharrak, the first Saudi woman to climb Mount Everest while she is at the NYC Women in the World Summit 2017. First published in The New Arab on 6 April 2017: Raha Moharrak, the renowned mountain climber who was the first Saudi woman to climb Mount Everest, often tells an endearing story […]

There is more we can do to stop FGM [The Canary]

First published in The Canary on 26 July 2016: Newly collected statistics show that Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is on an upward trend in the UK. Typically associated with cultural practices of communities that are thought to have little do with the UK, it is actually what we do here that can make all the difference and […]

Iraq Is Facing a Massive Mental Health Crisis

My name is Nihad Barakat, I’m from the Sinjar [in Iraq]. We’ve been through some very bad times.” Barakat is a sixteen-year-old girl who was once held captive by ISIS. “They kidnapped us, they raped us, they killed the men, they took our babies from us,” she continued. Barakat made these comments at a conference […]

Regional conflicts overshadow Iraqi mental health

Ceasefires, barrel bombs, civilian casualties, large migration flows, Bashar al-Assad, rebels, and the Islamic State, also known as Daesh; when looking at the Middle East, all attention is focused on Syria right now. Looming in the shadows of neighboring countries however – in Libya, Yemen, Iraq – are several conflicts all affected by a similar foe, […]

It’s time we acknowledge Iraq’s mental health crisis

The Iraqi people have lived through decades of war, repression and dictatorship. The Iran-Iraq War, two Gulf Wars, Saddam Hussein’s tyranny, the ongoing insurgency and political “transition” and now the Islamic State group. Iraq’s sectarian make-up and former secular regime has made it a hotbed of tension, even by Middle East standards. When periods of […]