Artist Fahmida Azim wins Pulitzer Prize for Graphic Story “How I Escaped a Chinese Internment Camp”

Artist Fahmida Azim wins Pulitzer Prize for Graphic Story “How I Escaped a Chinese Internment Camp”

Artist Fahmida Azim, in collaboration with a group of three other creatives, won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Illustrated Reporting and Commentary for her work on “How I Escaped a Chinese Internment Camp,” a 2021 digital graphic story published on Insider. The project is about Chinese oppression of Uyghur Muslims, focused on the story of Zumrat Dawut, a mother who was sent to a Chinese detention facility in 2018.

Azim is the illustrator of multiple books for, including the picture book “Amira’s Picture Day” (2021) written by Reem Faruqi and “Muslim Women Are Everything: Stereotype-Shattering Stories of Courage, Inspiration, and Adventure” (2020) written by Seema Yasmin. She also created art for the King of the World podcast from Rifelion Media and won the 2022 Golden Kite Award from The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for her work on “Samira Surfs” (2021), written by Rukhsanna Guidroz.
Azim is based in Seattle and was born in Bangladesh. “She enjoys drawing real people living extraordinary lives, fictional people living beautifully ordinary lives, and food.”

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