Preet Shaikh

Preet Shaikh

A 19-year-old pursuing her medicine degree at Aga Khan University.

September 19, 2013
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Why isn’t my father home yet?

It’s getting late; I wonder why Baba hasn’t come home yet. I ask Ami if he’s called, she says no. My brother hasn’t heard from him all day either. My mother’s face doesn’t betray any anxiety, but I see her stealing glances at the clock every five minutes. I pick up the phone, and dial his number. It rings a few times, and then the lady on the phone – that I always took to be Benazir Bhutto when I was a child – says the number I’m trying to reach isn’t answering. She asks me to please try ...

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The story of Amanda Yousufzai and Malala Todd

For the past few years, a young girl was tormented, teased and bullied by several different people. She had vile names thrown at her on the streets, received chilling phone calls and even multiple death threats. A week ago, the very same girl died. I know what you’re thinking: this writer is talking rubbish – Malala isn’t dead. This story isn’t about Malala, it’s about Amanda Todd, a 15-year old girl that hung herself in her room because of the humiliation she had faced at the hands of her classmates and stalkers on the internet. Unlike Malala, whose story has triggered ...

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