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Four years of Delhi Pogrom: Shabnam’s story of resilience | Women’s Day Special

Shabnam Nafisa Kalim saw the funeral procession of dozens of Muslims killed during the 2020 Delhi pogrom through the window of her house in Mustafabad. When the COVID-19 lockdown after less than a month of violence broke the community, Shabnam swung into action.

What began as a spontaneous act of voluntary relief work transformed Shabnam. At 25, she now runs a library in Mustafabad, offering a haven for countless underprivileged students.

Shabnam is a leader, guiding her community through the aftermath of the traumatic anti-Muslim violence, uplifting spirits and fostering resilience.


Shaheen Abdulla
Shaheen Abdulla
Shaheen Abdulla, an award-winning journalist, is the Deputy Editor of Maktoob.

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