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These are trying times for us all. The COVID-19 pandemic brought out the worst, but also the best in our communities.
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Monia Mazigh is a Canadian academic and author. Mazigh was catapulted onto the public stage in 2002 when her husband, Maher Arar, was deported to Syria where he was tortured and held without charge for over a year. She campaigned tirelessly for his release. Mazigh holds a PhD in finance from McGill University. In 2008, she published a memoir, Hope and Despair, about her pursuit of justice. In 2012, her novel, Mirrors and Mirages, was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award in French. In 2017, she published, Hope Has Two Daughters, a novel about the Arab Spring. Her third novel, Farida, came in last January 2020. You can follow her on Twitter @MoniaMazigh or on her blog.