Noor Shahid

Noor has spent various years of her life in Saudi Arabia, Korea, Germany and Taiwan before finally moving to Lahore for five years. Now, she is working in fintech marketing in London after a postgraduate degree from Imperial College London. Outside of work, @noortakespics and writes – she enjoys taking photos of people and events from an authentic lens, and writes about thoughts, journal entries, and South Asian history.

In the midst of a 300,000+ person peaceful Palestine protest in London on October 21st, I caught a silent performance art piece on the steps of the Eros statue at Piccadilly Circus. Donning a Rishi Sunak mask, this man pulled out cash from his pockets to wipe his hands, dripping with ‘blood’, as cheers erupted around him. Without a word, he had made clear his stance: Rishi Sunak (UK’s prime minister), by failing to call for a ceasefire in the Israel-Palestine conflict, has blood on his hands that cannot be wiped clean with money.