Where is Syria Today?

As Syria enters its fifth year of warfare, the situation only keeps getting worse and worse. Syria, a relatively small country in the Middle East that borders Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Palestine, and Israel, is embroiled in an immensely complex war that finds its roots in Syria’s history and foreign policy. On the one hand, […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Pt. 3

Shobirahman Amir Hossin is an 18-year-old Myanmar Rohingya. Shobirahman and his two sisters were living without their parents in an unsafe village in Narekoh, Rakhine for 7 years. In this village Shobirahman and his sisters were prevented from going to the mosque and school. They were also routinely mistreated by the Myanmar authorities. Shobirahman explained […]

Eid Mubarak

On July 17, 2015, in Uncategorized, by senjaffer

Eid Mubarak to you and your family! Eid-ul-fitr is one of my favourite celebrations in the Muslim calendar. After a month of fasting and spiritual rejuvenation during the holy month of Ramadan, Eid is an opportunity to celebrate the personal growth of the previous month with family and friends. It is a day to exchange […]

Why is Violence Against Women Still Happening?

As most people know, women’s rights have been a major focus of mine, particularly the continued prevalence of violence against women (VAW). This kind of assault on humanity takes many forms, which I would like to bring to public attention and begin a dialogue on over the next few months. The United Nations (1993) defines […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Pt. 2

I would like to recount to you the heart-wrenching story of 10-year-old Mohammad Aesop and his 8-year-old sister Untas, two Rohingya Muslims who lost their mother to a machete attack in their native land of Burma. Their father, working in a menial job in Malaysia, paid a broker to send his children to Malaysia via […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya

I would like to introduce you to Hussein Ahmed. Hussein is a 12-year-old Rohingya boy from Myanmar. Three years ago his father was killed in an act of violence against the Rohingya Muslims. He has lived alone with his mother in a camp near Sittwe, trying to make basic ends meet — food and water […]

President Buhari, Bring Back Our Chibok Girls

Over a year ago, the world watched in horror as more than 200 Chibok girls were abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Boko Haram is an extremist group that has been terrorizing the region ever since 2002. They are responsible for an attack on a UN building in Abuja, and numerous kidnappings of young girls […]

Understanding Human Trafficking: the first step in fighting it

Understanding Human Trafficking: the first step in fighting it Often times when we think of human trafficking, our thoughts go straight to what we see in the movies: twenty-something women huddled in a dark house, forced into violent forms of sexual exploitation. That is part of the unfortunate truth, but human trafficking is much more […]

Bring Back Our Girls – A Year Later

On April 14 2014, the world looked on outraged and heartbroken as we heard that more than 200 young girls were kidnapped by extremists in Nigeria. Out of these girls, less than fifty have managed to escape. I shudder to think of what has happened to the rest of them. Today, we have reached the […]

Pink Shirt Day

February 25th was Pink Shirt Day. Pink Shirt Day brings awareness to the important fight against bullying in this country. The many pink shirts worn on this day remind all of us that we must remain intolerant to bullying. As parliamentarians, we have a duty to ensure that everyone can feel safe. But bullying is […]