Archive for July, 2022

For the launch of Hyphen, a new online magazine covering news and stories for Muslims across Europe, I interviewed the head of the Muslim Chaplains Association about the work of chaplaincy in UK prisons.

“When you walk into that prison, every single day is different. You don’t know what to expect. Some days are more difficult than others.” Alamgeer Choudhury’s journey as a prison chaplain started 20 years ago, when he was finishing theological training to become an imam. By deciding to work with inmates, he was following directly in his father’s footsteps. 

Read the full article here.

My second piece for Euronews, this time on how EU law is helping to protect forests threatened by the combination of eroding democratic freedoms and the money that can be earned from logging.

At the beginning of the year, Poland started cutting a swathe through one of Europe’s most ancient forests, Białowieża, to block refugees with a 190-kilmometre wall along its border with Belarus.

“It’s five, almost six meters high. It goes down with concrete that is underground. And it has razor wire on the top,” said Augustyn Mikos from the environmental organisation Workshop For all Beings, one that has frequently come into conflict with the Polish government’s forestry policies.

Read the full article here.