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Born in Sudan, I’m a Sudanese journalist based in Doha, Qatar. I’m a journalism graduate of Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q), holding a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a concentration in African and Middle Eastern studies. I write mostly about culture and society (social issues and human interest stories), known as society reporting.
One day, I hope I’ll return to Sudan and run my own cultural magazine. Many people ask me, “Why do you want to go back? There’s nothing there for you!” But I say, “It’s my home. There’s always something there for me.” It’s the place where my skills can have real impact.
I have mostly reported in Qatar (where I’ve been living since 1994), but I also have experience reporting in Turkey, the United States (New Orleans and Chicago) and Sudan. From my experience thus far, Sudan has been the toughest place to report.
My work has been published in Qatar Today (print magazine), Campus (print magazine), GLAM (print magazine), Qatar Happening (print magazine), Qatar Visitor (online), Content That Works (online & print magazine – Chicago, USA) and many others. I have interviewed well-known figures such as singer, Sami Yusuf; photojournalist, Reza Deghati; Glenn Leonard from The Temptations; calligraffiti artist El Seed; and archeologists, Charles Bonnet and Stephen Wenig; and many more. My documentary, The Unveiled, which I’ve directed and produced with a colleague, won third place in the Women’s Voices Now film festival in California, USA in 2011.
This website displays my work as a journalist, writer and documentary filmmaker.
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