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Sadaf Shahid

When Poverty Disables

Afzal is a sweeper. He is much liked and sought after for his commitment and dedication, notwithstanding the fact that he has only one arm! Afzal was taken out of school when he was just nine years old. The ragged satchel that he carried to…

Summer Madness

The summer heat appears to be taking its toll. So too the many other ‘triggers’ that set off the madness we see around us. Sometimes it is the mystery of the missing persons, or the terror of finding mutilated bodies. Sometimes it is the…

Always Unique, Sometimes Mysterious

“My son is three years but doesn’t talk. He had started talking when he was 16 months old, but something changed when he turned 2. He stopped using words for communication and started pulling and screaming when he wanted something. He…

Back Of Beyond

“We want to see a society in which disabled people and those with long term illness or injury, are able to live free of poverty in order to enjoy the same independence, access to life chances, human rights and opportunities as other…

The Mother Of Crime?

The infectiousness of crime is like that of the plague. – Napoleon Bonaparte On a bright cloudless morning in April, the parents of 11-year-old Sara brought her to see me. To be more precise, her father carried her to my first floor clinic.…