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Overcoming The Challenges Faced During the Pandemic. MSA President Explains

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The COVID-19 pandemic left many with painful memories. It was especially traumatic for international students who were separated from their families. The pandemic caused the closure of all public facilities, particularly places of worship, and the restriction of gatherings. Many students experienced psychological and social crises because of feeling isolated.

Abdul Ahad, former president of the Muslim Student Association at the University of Manitoba, spoke about this difficult period that international Muslim students went through and how MSA was able to help.

Ahad said in the beginning, they looked at the pandemic optimistically, looking for ways students could benefit from it. Although physically constrained, individuals were free in their thoughts, and it was an opportunity to think deeply about developing plans and strategies for their future. However, Ahad added that the challenges began to become more complicated after that, with many facing psychological difficulties due to social isolation and the spread of the epidemic among the student population. Unfortunately, there were several COVID-related deaths, and fear began to dominate the students’ minds at this time.

Ahad continued, explaining MSA lacked experience managing these circumstances as they were dealing with an unprecedented situation but are now better prepared to meet any future obstacle.

We have all been affected by the pandemic. We have all learned important life lessons from it, such as that health is one of the most important things a person possesses and that we must all work together as governments and individuals to take the necessary safeguards to avoid future challenges.

– Zuher Almusre, U Multicultural

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