No Words for 2020? | But Even the Darkest Cloud Can Have a Silver Lining

Unprecedented. Tragic. Disastrous. Lonely. Wasted. The year 2020 was all this and more. 

A look back at the year reveals major global, national and local events taking place with terrifying consistency. The coronavirus pandemic brought the whole world to a standstill, but it could not stop the constant flow of bad news.

At a macro-level, every nation has suffered losses – some, of its own, and, some, shared with the whole world. But at a micro-level, too, each one of us has been affected in some way or the other. We all have stories to tell from 2020 – tragic, mundane, heart-breaking, and maybe even a few laced with hope.

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As it was finally time to usher in some freshness of the new year, I went out to speak to whoever was willing to open up about experiences.

StoriesAsia, a collective of independent journalists from 16 South Asian and Southeast Asian countries, seeks to replace the present-day parade of faceless numbers with humanising narrative nonfiction – a largely ignored journalistic genre in the region.

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