Journalist | Poet
Samira Sadeque is a New York-based Bangladeshi journalist and poet focusing on migration, the refugee crisis, gender, and mental health. She completed her M.S. in Journalism from Columbia Journalism School in 2017.
Samira began her journalism career in Dhaka, Bangladesh, covering the 2013 factory collapse, the country's ethnic and religious minorities, and its LGBT community. Her work appears in Reuters, NPR, Al Jazeera, Quartz, The Lily, AJ+, The Wire.in, Scroll.in, and the Dhaka Tribune among other publications.
Samira’s poetry has been featured at the New York City Poetry Festival 2018 (Short Lines reading series), National Book Month festival WWI Prose and Poetry Night, Thinking in Full Color, SOJOURN Poetry Reading, and SubDrift NYC among other platforms. She is the co-founder of Ampersand: Spoken Word Dhaka, and editor of Bangladeshi Identity Project.
Samira graduated from Mahindra United World College, India in 2008 and from Grinnell College in 2012. She is a 2014 Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) Fellow, a 2016 Panos South Asia Fellow, and a 2016 ICFJ Digital Media Fellow.
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Al Jazeera, Aug 2018
Nicanor Ochisor was supposed to buy tools for a maintenance check for his taxi; instead, he killed himself.
His suicide was the fourth in a spate of six such deaths by drivers, who felt immense financial pressure following Uber and Lyft’s emergence in the city. The mental health crisis in this taxi driver community eventually led to a one-year cap on ride-sharing apps in New York, the first major city to enact such a thing against Silicon Valley giants.
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A wall mural at a downtown cafe in Ho Chi Minh, May 2015.
All photography by Samira Sadeque unless otherwise stated.