By Zahed Sultan (editor)

A collection of essays prescribed by voices from the Middle East, South Asia, and the diaspora.

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Glass Half Full

"It’s kind of a tale of me sort of rebelling against the assumed silence that I think a lot of immigrant communities experience in societies that don’t look anything like them” says Ammar Kalia about his essay for our 'Haramacy' book.

The scarcity of diverse community voices is one of the leading motives behind the Haramacy book. When we were putting it together, we wanted to offer the space and freedom for writers to delve into topics that were personal and relevant to them; not what was trending at the time - just honest reflections about what they had experienced growing up / living in the UK. In doing so, we hoped to break out of the institutional confines of journalism and publishing. What we didn’t expect was a global pandemic; one that would amplify social inequalities and expose the disparities that exist in the UK.

Today we are halfway through our campaign on Unbound and fittingly we have achieved 50% of our funding goal. As we work our way towards the finish line, in the midst of yet another lockdown, we are reflecting on the past year - taking into consideration the stories and experiences that have been shared with us.

Georgia - team member

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