All of us have a special responsibility to take better care of each other and protect our most vulnerable. All of us.

By Fatema Z. Sumar

Zulfikar Gunja at his long-term care facility, Gateway Care Center in Eatontown, NJ — photo taken June 2016.

As the death toll from COVID19 surpasses 70,000 in the United States, it is easy to become desensitized to the ravages of the pandemic. We define our national character in the way we honor each victim, particularly our most vulnerable. My uncle is one of those victims — his name was Zulfikar.

COVID19 hit home for me when I lost my beloved uncle Zulfikar Gunja to the virus on April 18. “Kaka” as we called Zulfikar, meaning father’s brother in the Indian Gujrati language, would have turned 69 this November. …

Fatema Z. Sumar

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