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Kathy Gannon

Kathy Gannon is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Kathy Gannon

Muslims mark Eid al-Fitr holiday with joy, worry

By Kathy Gannon, Mariam Fam, and Niniek Karmini — May 2, 2022
CAIRO (AP) — This year, Muslims around the world are observing Eid al-Fitr in the shadow of a surge in global food prices exacerbated by the war in Ukraine.

Afghan evacuees mark first US Ramadan with gratitude, agony

By Mariam Fam and Giovanna Dell'orto — April 5, 2022
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico (AP) — As they adjust to their new communities, Afghan families are celebrating Ramadan with gratitude for their safety. Yet there's also the agony of being away from loved ones who they fear are in danger under Taliban leadership.

A gift of Christmas joy for the children of the incarcerated

By Luis Andres Henao and Mariam Fam — December 23, 2021
(AP) — One program works with prison chaplains to reach inmates interested in sending gifts to their children.

Afghan girls, faraway relatives worry over dreams disrupted

By Noreen Nasir and Mariam Fam — November 4, 2021
From her home in Illinois, Asma Yawari has built a relationship with her younger cousin in Afghanistan that’s made the geographic distance between the two teenagers’ worlds seem, well, not quite so distant. They never met but have bonded over phone calls and messages — swapping family photos and language lessons, sharing hair routines and […]

Two decades after 9/11, Muslim Americans still fighting bias

By Luis Andres Henao, Mariam Fam, and Deepti Hajela — September 7, 2021
NEW YORK (AP) — As young American Muslims grew up under the shadow of 9/11, they faced hostility and surveillance, mistrust and suspicion, questions about their Muslim faith and doubts over their Americanness.

Muslims mark Eid al-Adha holiday in pandemic’s shadow

By Mariam Fam — July 20, 2021
CAIRO (AP) — “It’s going to be the first Eid in my life I don’t hug and kiss my mum and dad.”

For some US Muslims, raw talk on suicide, mental health

By Mariam Fam — June 28, 2021
(AP) — Mental health professionals are working alongside faith leaders and activists to raise awareness in Muslim communities about suicide prevention and mental health and provide religiously and culturally sensitive guidance.
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