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Speaking on the challenges facing democracy, Mawlana Hazar Imam said it must contribute towards helping society achieve a better quality of life. AKDN / Gary Otte

Athens, 15 September 2015 — Democracy faces dire challenges in the world today, says Mawlana Hazar Imam. Its survival depends on how well it can deliver on a promise of human progress.

A view of the entrance to Souq-al-Izhaar (Market of Expressions).

Starting with an inaugural flag-raising ceremony at the Ismaili Centre, Imamat Day in the UAE was celebrated with enthusiatic creativity. The Souq al-Izhar exhibition invited members of the Jamat to express themselves artistically on a variety of themes.

There is a growing realisation that obesity is becoming a health issue around the world. Naeema Nizari who lives in Dubai shares her thoughts on gaining and losing those extra pounds.

Sabeen Virani in Aleppo at the Church of St. Simeo

Sabeen Virani talks about the growing phenomenon of young people across North America going overseas to study, work, or volunteer. She recounts her own experience in Syria as well as other individuals’ ventures to places like Sudan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Uganda.

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