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A new radio show deals with the problems of the British Asian community

Let’s Talk With Saima Ashraf goes on air every Tuesday from 5pm until 7pm, and the host, who is low vision, focuses in every possible topic that concerns her audience, Lancashire Telegraph says.

Miss Ashraf, 36, has interviewed guests including journalist Shabnam Younes Jewell from BBC Sport, to inspire young girls looking for media careers. She said: “We talk about things that affect Asian communities. “I recently got to speak to the first Asian blind judge and Shabnam Younes Jewell, who is a good friend since high school.

“I think there are topics that need to be discussed, like organ donation. “I had somebody on that has had kidney failure all his life. “I know some people in the community say you should not donate organs, but if it can help someone’s life then why not?”

Miss Ashraf, an auditor at Merseyside Police, co-hosted a show with Zain Shabbir at Pendle Community Radio from September to December. She was given a warm reception from viewers for her inspirational story and started her own show last month. Miss Ashraf said: “I was worried at first because I obviously cannot see the equipment, but I learned where everything was and how to use it. “I improvise a lot on the show, because I do not have the luxury of being able to read notes.

“Everything I do is just what I think is relevant for that week, I look through the news and see what I can talk about. Miss Ashraf is open to talking about things the community wants to hear and has even been asked to discuss the Rochdale grooming case.She said: “People are finally discussing things that are not usually topics of conversation for them.

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