Saqib Ul Islam is an award-winning multimedia journalist & digital producer with VOA's English News Center in Washington, D.C. Saqib collaborates with different language services within VOA, and travels extensively within the United States and internationally to tell America’s stories. He has produced TV reports and documentaries on such human interest topics as interfaith, immigration and education, and covered major political events over the past decade. Saqib has also served as a senior delegate to the Young Leaders Assembly at the United Nations.
Two years have passed since a gunman shot and killed 17 people on Valentine’s Day in Parkland, Florida. Whether the survivors have taken to activism, moved or continued their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the event continues to shape the lives of all those affected. Saqib Ul Islam and Esha Sarai traveled to Florida to speak with survivors and families of the victims.
There have been constant demonstrations from both sides of the political spectrum. Along with these demonstrations the number of vistors to the Capitol has increased as people flock there to witness history
The holiday season is a beautiful time of year in the nation's capital with many amazing holiday light displays from the National Zoo to the White House Christmas tree. However, this year it is extra special with "Enchant Christmas at Nationals Park," where visitors get a chance to help Santa save Christmas, lost in a huge maze of Christmas lights. Saqib Ul Islam has more.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalized 833,000 people — an 11-year high — in fiscal 2019, which ended Sept. 30. This fiscal year, USCIS administered the Oath of Allegiance to 60 of America's newest citizens, from 51 countries, during a special naturalizing ceremony Tuesday at Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Saqib Ul Islam talked to some of the new citizens about how they feel and what they are looking forward to as a U.S. citizen.