International Red Cross

I served  as a communication officer from 2002 to 2005 then as a spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Baghdad, Iraq. My work was focused on addressing the humanitarian situation in the country.

On October 27, 2003, the ICRC building got attacked by a booby trapped ambulance, causing the death of several staff members. I was lucky to survive the attack because I was standing a few meters away from the window behind my office desk. Below are some of the photos of the building and what was left of my office.

My work at the ICRC involved:

  • Writing several investigative reports on the humanitarian situation in Iraq which entailed travelling to different parts of the country and interviewing victims of violence and vulnerable people. See below some of the Arabic reports I wrote and pictures I took which mostly appeared in the international ICRC magazine, Insani:
  1. Even Al-Shamaiah mental hospital was not safe from destruction”. (2003). Summer, 25, pp. 48-52.
  2. Unexploded remnants of war: A grave danger”. (2003). Autumn, 26, pp. 12-14. This investigative report was republished in Huriah newspaper, Amman, Jordan, 2004, January, 21, 2, p. 11, and published in Ethar magazine, Sanaa, Yemen, the Yemeni Red Crescent Society, 2004 January-February, 24, pp. 13-14.
  3. Homeless Iraqi children”. (2004). Summer, 28, pp. 36-38.
  4. Handicapped in Iraq: Looking forward to living normal lives”. (2004). Summer, 28, pp. 42-43.
  5. Published a few investigative reports in English, too (see this link).

  • Writing press releases, media replies, briefing notes, reports, articles, journalistic reporting, news…etc in Arabic and English (see for example these links: 1, 2, 3, & 4).

During my work for the ICRC, I was interviewed by hundreds of TV, radio, newspaper outlets belonging to international and local media. Below is a small sample, and a more complete list of interviews can be found in Pro-Quest, Nexis Uni, and Factiva news archives:

From 2005 to 2006, I served as a consultant for ICRC in Amman, Jordan. The job included:

  • Giving consultancy on media and public relation issues and evaluating the political and social events as well as the humanitarian environment.
  • Setting, organizing, and following up seminars and workshops for Iraqi journalists and active non-governmental agencies.