Sophie McBain is a freelance writer based in Cairo. She was previously an assistant editor at the New Statesman.
Each year 17,000 domestic workers accompany wealthy families to the UK – helped by a special visa regime that campaigners call a “recipe for slavery”.
A history of sleep from the premoderns to today’s health geeks reveals that today's "sleep revolution" is not as radical as it pretends to be.
I've cried on planes for so long, I've started packing a special "crying kit" for use in-flight.
In 2014, Islamic State fighters murdered thousands of Yazidis and kidnapped many others, mostly women and children. Their desperate relatives are now trying to buy them back.
In 2015 the government's Gateway programme offered 750 refugees the chance to resettle in the UK. Our writer followed one family for six months as they made the journey to England. This article won the feature writing prize at the Amnesty Media Awards in November 2016.
Two new books encourage us to look past the grand narratives and listen to voices on the ground.
As we download ever more of our lives on to electronic devices, are we destroying our own internal memory?
Expensive marriage arrangements and social conservatism put matrimony out of reach for many young people in Egypt, which has serious consequences.
There is something unsettling about the western media’s fascination with North Korea, as these two books reveal.
In a new wave of repression under the Sisi regime, Egyptians are being forcibly disappeared.
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