Talha Ahmad

Talha Ahmad
Talha is currently a graduate student at the University of Virginia where he is studying Architectural History & Theory.

Large influx of refugees causing unique urban issues worldwide

A recent article by Murtaza Haider in the Pakistan-based publication Dawn highlighted the blight of cities in Pakistan due to their rapid, unplanned urban development and wrong-headed urbanization schemes. November 6th marked a conference on Pakistan’s rapid urbanization courtesy of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. This conference featured the main issues facing Pakistan’s dense urban centers: rubbish-lined streets,...

Despite testimony from U.S. drone strike victims, many remain oblivious to their horror

In late 2012, Pakistani schoolteacher Rafiq ur Rahman, heard a drone fly overhead. He had never before given it much thought, until a missile landed near his home, killing his 67-year-old mother Momina Babi and injuring his three children. Rafiq and his family’s story is not unique, and many in his home region of Waziristan in Pakistan have told...

The power and catharsis of human chains

In spite of the recent church bombing in Peshawar's historic All Saints' church a little over two weeks ago that left over 85 dead and scores injured, relations between Muslims and Christians in Pakistan seem to remain strong. A few days ago, between 200 and 300 Christians and Muslims formed a human chain outside St. Anthony's Church in Lahore. The show of solidarity, organized by...




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