Because no matter what the story is, it’s about someone’s life…

October 2014, Human Parts/Medium
Freelancer: My Accidental Career in Wanderlust
It’s after midnight on this windswept mountaintop above Nablus in the Palestinian West Bank, and my friend’s incredulous expression is illuminated by village streetlights.

November 2012, GlobalPost
A humanitarian crisis after Guatemala’s earthquake
“Our house cracked during the earthquake,” said the 24-year-old with a baby on her back and a toddler holding her hand. “We still live there but we are scared to sleep there. … Every time there is an aftershock, we think the house is going to fall.”

June 2011, California Watch/Center for Investigative Reporting
Program examines Japanese and Muslim wartime experiences
While relatively small, the existence of such a program speaks to the bond that has developed between Japanese Americans and Muslims, especially in California, since 9/11.

March 2015, Human Parts/Medium
Learning About Life By Visiting the Dead
From Guatemala’s “grave evictions” to Egypt’s “City of the Dead,” cemeteries are full of interesting tales.

September 2008, San Francisco Chronicle
Egypt’s poor girls slave as maids for rich
Each morning, 12-year-old Sabrine Tubah wakes up in a spacious apartment, where she can take a hot shower, wear new clothes and have plenty to eat. But this isn’t Sabrine’s home — the apartment is owned by a couple who pay the girl’s mother $35 a month for her services as a live-in maid and nanny.

December 2010, San Francisco Examiner
More than a year after rape, Richmond still scarred
As the preliminary hearing for seven men and boys accused of gang raping a 16-year-old girl outside the Richmond High School homecoming dance last year enters its fourth week, students and community leaders are trying to move forward amid constant reminders of the alleged attack.

August 2010, San Francisco Examiner
Minority Muslim group reaches out

For about a month now, Soheil and other Ahmadi Muslims across the country have been taking their anti-terrorism message to the streets. It’s their way of fighting back, they say, both against the radicals who have “hijacked” their religion and the anti-Islam sentiment many observers say has become especially strong in recent months.