Twenty-four year old Iraqi journalist Haider Hamza lived through the 2003 US-led invasion of his country with his family near Babylon, south of Baghdad.
Being the son of a diplomat, Haider was born in Germany and grew up in East Africa and Europe. When he turned twelve, he moved back with his family to their hometown, Baghdad. Haider finished high school in Iraq and graduated from Baghdad University in 2006. One year later, he won a Fulbright scholarship and moved to the United States to obtain a master's degree in global security and conflict resolution.
When he was a teenager, Haider worked with the Iraqi Ministry of Information, talking to visiting dignitaries and foreign reporters. A few days after the end of major combat operations in 2003, he decided to join the mainstream media covering the world's focus on news of his country. At the age of nineteen he worked as a TV producer and photo editor for some of the world largest news agencies and networks including Reuters, ABC News and others.
in Iraq, Haider covered all the major events that took place in his country
and witnessed their formation. These events include, live coverage of
all 40 trial sessions of his former president Saddam Hussein from inside
the courtroom, witnessing the killing of Saddam's sons, the bombing
of the holy shrines in Samara, the elections and referendum, establishment
of his country's new governments and political cabinet, the killing
of al Qaeda leader, Abu Mussab al Zarqawi and the daily sectarian violence.
For months, Haider was embedded with U.S. military units covering combat
operations throughout Iraq. He also covered the perspective of Iraqi armed
resistance as a freelance journalist to learn more about their mind set,
goals and the reality of who they really are.
Soon after he left Iraq, his family received death threats for sending their son to America. They fled overnight to a refugee camp where most of them are still living after losing their jobs, home and many relatives and friends.
Haider has been committed to helping Iraqi widows and orphans who were displaced by violence. Through his family and a network of friends, he hands out 50% of his earnings as a speaker to those in urgent and imminent need.
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