Azad, Sonia

Azad, Sonia

Sonia Azad

13 August 2011Feature

During the summer holidays, I spent four days filming Iraqi Refugee children in Amman, Jordan.

When I returned back to England, I knew it was going to be fun editing the film but it was also going to be very hard and time consuming work.

Milan Rai and I spent one intensive week editing the film sometimes up to six hours a day.

I had a lot of footage. We managed to make 20 minutes of a rough copy.

I also worked on my own, editing more footage on my laptop…

1 March 2008Feature

The following quotes are from an amazing young African children's rights activist Kimmie Weeks, who has inspired and changed many young people's lives in Africa. He now lives in exile in America, where he has devoted his life to giving talks and bringing awareness for social change.

“I remain a strong believer in the power of young people to make change happen. I believe that young people have immense power, more than we realize. Once (young people) are informed and begin to feel…

1 December 2007Review

Jonathan Cape, 2006; ISBN 0224080393; 352pp; £14.99

Persepolis is an autobiography of Marjane Satrapi's childhood. Marjane Satrapi is telling her story in comic strips. Her childhood story is about growing up in Iran during and after the Islamic revolution.

I think this is a very unique comic-strip book. I have never come across a comic strip about a Muslim girl who is so determined and strong-willed.

I think this book would attract young adults.

Once I picked up the book I couldn't put it down. I thought how the story…

1 September 2007Feature

Climate change is a danger to the whole human race (and a lot of other species), and is caused by greenhouse gases. One way we can cut down on the amount of greenhouse gases that we create is by stopping eating meat. Did you know a kilo of beef generates as much greenhouse gas as driving a car for 250km! It's partly the gases given off by the cow (mostly burping), but mostly all the energy used to produce and then transport the artificial food for the cows. (Cows and similar animals pro-…

1 September 2007Feature

As PN goes to press, our Youth Editor is returning from Jordan, where she has been filming Iraqi refugee children for a Children Against War documentary.

On Friday morning, Church bells awakened me, which I found strange in a Muslim country. After a little breakfast with my host Kathy Kelly, I was wide awake and raring to go.

The market was extremely crowded because the children will start school on Sunday. Stalls were full of rucksacks, notebooks and children's shoes.

For many Iraqi children, the decision to let them enter government schools means they can begin their education again, here in Jordan. Some of them were out of…

3 July 2007Comment

My name is Sonia, I am 12 years old and I am a Muslim. 5 years ago I formed a group called children against the war. When I was eight years old, I wrote a letter to Mr Bush and Mr Blair pleading for them not to start a war in Iraq because it would destroy Children's lives.

Today I feel angry and sad because the war has caused nothing but misery for Iraqi children. Thousands and thousands of children have lost their lives; Thousands have fled to neighbouring countries with their…