Co-Founder of Action For Sama
Dr Zahed “Hamza” is a Syrian doctor, human rights activist and public health advocate. In July 2012, when eastern Aleppo was declared a non-government-controlled area, Dr al-Kateab moved to the city and founded a new hospital: Al-Qudes Hospital. Over 4 years, he was hospital director and an emergency doctor which, in an area of 10 hospitals and with no effective health system, made him responsible for the entire population living in East Aleppo. He was featured in the BAFTA-winning and OSCAR-nominated documentary “For Sama” which was filmed, narrated and directed by his wife, Waad al-Kateab. Hamza now dedicates his time to continued advocacy efforts around ending the targeting of hospitals in Syria, and participates in events and talks across the UK and beyond. He is the Co-Founder of Action For Sama alongside Waad – an impact campaign created to turn the incredible worldwide reaction to For Sama into action for Syria. Their campaign aims to raise awareness about Syria and Syrian refugees, and works towards accountability for the war crimes committed by the Syrian and Russian regimes.
Over the last decade we have seen various instances when smartphones and social media have been leveraged to create a mass movement for change, one only needs to look at the “Arab Spring” to see how huge that impact can be. The one unique characteristic of all smartphones when compared to all other cameras is […]