I am an independent journalist who has traveled the world, covering everything from the frontlines of the battle for Mosul to the stories of hundreds of thousands of refugees who had to leave their homes behind and risk everything to start a new life in a new country.

My favorite stories are the ones where ordinary people are their own heroes, pushing society’s boundaries, challenging stereotypes and seizing their destinies. I have been lucky enough to interview everyone from Lebanese activists standing up to corruption and Turkish journalists fighting censorship to Syrian female rescue workers challenging gender norms and Iraqi women standing up to ISIS. My work has been featured in Vanity Fair, The Intercept, CNN, The Daily Beast, The Nation, Glamour, Marie Claire, and a number of other publications. You can read a few of my favorite articles here.

Along with writing articles, I worked as a television correspondent in Iraq and frequently speak at conferences around the world to advocate for better conditions for freelance journalists and diversity in the media. I live in London, where I work for the Media Diversity Institute on a project called Adwa2 which supports investigative journalists in the Middle East, and am currently working on my first book, Love in Times of Borders, a fusion of memoir and reportage which tells the stories of ordinary people challenging borders in the name of love.

If you would like to follow me as I investigate the history of borders and meet the couples and families who have challenged them, please subscribe to my newsletter and come along for the ride.

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