A tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II

Along with the rest of the nation, I have been deeply saddened by the recent passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This has been a very difficult time for everybody. The country is in mourning, with people paying tribute to a wonderful monarch and an inspiring woman. I was fortunate enough to film Her Majesty on all her…

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Becoming a Journalist After Being Deprived of an Education

“The pen is mightier than the sword,” as the old saying goes. And it seems there’s no industry where this holds more pertinent than the world of journalism. But is a pen always needed to tell a story? This was something Romail asked himself when he pondered whether his lifelong dream to become a journalist was realistic. Growing up…

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Beating the Odds from Humble Beginnings

After arriving in the UK as an asylum seeker in 2000, Romail Gulzar was granted official refugee status and began working on making a new life for himself. He had moved to Southampton and started life in the city as a factory worker, as well as picking up odd jobs as a restaurant cleaner. However, whilst working multiple jobs…

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Breaking Through the Silence to Protect Minorities

Growing up in Lahore, Pakistan, Romail Gulzar was acutely aware that he was different from an early age. Or at least, regarded as different by the society he lived in. As a Christian who was born and raised within the Islamic republic of Pakistan, his place in society was pre-ordained at birth. And a childhood of torment, ostracisation and…

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