I was born in Damascus, though my family is of Palestinian descent. For a year now, I have been based in France, working with MSF as a Communication Officer. I live in Paris but I usually spend several days a week in Calais working in the migrant camps, including the Jungle and Grande Synthe, and recently I started visiting Greece to work with refugees and migrants.
Before joining MSF, I was a journalist for the New York Times and National Public Radio. I have also worked for UNHCR. I am a firm believer and defender of human rights and freedom of expression. I spent over a year in a Syrian regime jail for delivering aid to besieged areas and for being a citizen journalist. I had to leave my country for neighbouring Lebanon and ultimately became a refugee in France, though I was doing nothing wrong. In part, it is because of my experience that I feel real empathy for the asylum seekers I meet around Calais.
I wish everyone in our world, not just a lucky few, had the right to be protected from the world's injustices.