When the Hull Daily Mail reported claims that Ny Richardson, a teenage girl, was asked to leave a McDonald’s restaurant because staff mistook her for a boy using the women’s toilets, I knew it would be a divisive issue. Since publication, over 3,000 people have shared, reacted or commented on the story in one way […]Read more "Ny Richardson: Everyone deserves to be treated equally. Simple."
Overpopulation in Britain’s prisons continues to be a chronic problem with one operating as high as 183 per cent of capacity, latest government figures reveal. More than two thirds of the country’s prisons house a population higher than the recommended certified normal accommodation (CNA) – the prison service’s own measure of how many prisoners can […]Read more "Men in squalor: Britain’s prison overcrowding problem"
This is not a debate about whether or not you should wear the poppy. Whether you believe it is a way to commemorate the fallen, believe they are a jingoistic tool to perpetuate war or as Robert Fisk argues, that they have lost their symbolism; my personal view is that as members of a relatively […]Read more "Is the BBC promoting freedom in totalitarian ways? The right to chose whether or not you wear a poppy."
When heading to a refugee camp, you prepare yourself to see a lot of sadness and suffering. You imagine that the first few moments will shock you as you acclimate to your surroundings. But as we took our first steps into the campsite just minutes from the Port of Calais, what struck me the most […]Read more "Life in the Jungle: The Real Tragedy of the Calais Refugee Camp"
He fled Saddam Hussein’s atrocities in Iraq 15 years ago. Now, Alan Ahmad is happily settled in Hull and hoping to qualify as a black cab driver. But when the 28-year-old went to Calais and Dunkirk to help with the humanitarian effort last month, the horrors of being a refugee came flooding back.Read more "Refugee Crisis: ‘I tried not to cry in front of them, but I couldn’t hold it back’"
David Cameron has stormed back into power, reclaimed his place as Prime Minister and is wasting no time in making manifesto promises reality. His first move since re-election has been the appointment of his cabinet, particularly Michael Gove as Justice Secretary; who is tasked with the Tory pledge to scrap the Human Rights Act.Read more "The Human Cost of Justice and Human Rights"
Over the past few years – be it from recent developments in Ferguson, Missouri; the Hong Kong protests; or in Cairo’s Tahrir Square – we as a world community have witnessed case after case of social injustice or tension turn into collective action.Read more "In times of protest and resistance, let’s not forget lessons of the past."
Although I was born in the Middle East, much of my education and development took place in the West where it was instilled in me that success is measured by the status of your job and how much money you make.Read more "Why I Write."