Making mandazi in lockdown

Posted: August 3, 2020 in articles

I wrote up this more personal piece for the wonderful Vittles newsletter on making mandazi, an East African fried food, in the challenging circumstances of lockdown.

Every immigrant culture has a genre of food that can be tentatively called aunty food: the type of food item that is almost exclusively only supplied to order by an aunty (an aunty is not necessarily a relative, just someone in the community). Mandazi is one of the East African diaspora’s aunty foods.  

Read the full article.

This was a piece of work done as part of my then day job at the Race Equality Foundation, working with academics at Queen Mary to understand differences in NHS staffing by race, class and gender.

Check it out here.

Following the revelations that significant figures in public life are openly flirting with ideas of eugenics, I wrote up a piece for Byline Times on how eugenics was behind some of the policy disasters of the 20th Century.

“Alongside the revelation that it was British institutions such as UCL which pioneered the thinking that informed the Nazis’ Final Solution, the other surprise for me when watching Angela Saini and Adam Pearson’s BBC documentary, Eugenics: Science’s Greatest Scandal, earlier this year was just how pervasive eugenics and the bunk science behind it was in British social policy.”

Read the full article here.

Brexit piece in the Irish Times

Posted: September 18, 2019 in articles

Many non-EU family members of UK citizens in Ireland have received a “worrying” letter from Irish authorities warning their right to reside would end in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

“People were terrified when they got those letters,” says Cathal Malone, an immigration lawyer, whose clients received such letters from Irish authorities.

Until now this cohort have lived in Ireland under EU laws. The letters said such family members would be “transferred”to “domestic immigration arrangements”

Read the full piece here.

Since the start of May, Natalie Bloomer and I have been writing a series of social affairs features in the Byline Times. Check out what we’ve done so far.

Thousands of Homeless People Excluded from London’s Flagship Support Service

Beirut article in the New Humanist

Posted: May 16, 2019 in articles
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I’ve got another Beirut article out, this time in the print copy of the New Humanist as part of their special edition on religion and power. You can get access from their website. https://newhumanist.org.uk/articles/5475/race-to-the-future

Figures obtained by Politics.co.uk reveal that almost 300 Commonwealth nationals have been evicted from their homes under the government’s controversial ‘right to rent’ rules, raising concerns that members of the Windrush generation could have been affected.

Read the full article here.

Kicked and jumped on in their sleep. That was the appalling experience of two men sleeping rough in Hull city centre. Humberside Police have released CCTV footage of the incident in the hope of identifying the three people responsible. The police appeal comes as new figures, given exclusively to this programme, show a significant increase over the last five years in violent crimes against homeless people.

Watch the full story here.

In a country that’s undergone significant conflict and a multifaceted civil war (1975-1990), Lebanese people have an annual rallying point to promote peace. Last weekend, thousands gathered for it, running in the 16th Beirut Marathon.

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Natasha entered the UK on a student visa after fleeing from sexual and physical abuse in the Caribbean. Despite living in the country for 19 years, her immigration status remains unsettled. Because of this, she is not entitled to free NHS care, so when she suffered a miscarriage in the 19th week of her pregnancy she ended up with a bill of ÂŁ3,500. She was supposed to attend follow-up medical appointments but was too afraid of occurring further charges to do so.

Read the full story here.