Karam Alhamad

Karam Alhamad (Arabic: كرم الحمد; born 1990) is a Syrian journalist and human rights activist, and former political detainee. Alhamad is also known for his efforts to cover the Syrian uprising, including being jailed four times between 2011 and 2014.

Karam Alhamad
كرم الحمد
Born 1990 (age 3031)

Nationality Syrian
Alma mater Bard College Berlin
Occupation Journalist and human rights activist

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Alhamad was born in Deir al-Zour, Syria in 1990.[1][2] As a child, he was awarded a camera and Internet access for his success in school by the First Lady of Syria, Asma al-Assad.[1]

Alhamad studied petroleum engineering at Al-Furat University, but was unable to finish his degree due to his multiple arrests.[1] In 2015, he participated in the Leaders of Democracy Fellowship at Syracuse University‘s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.[1][3] Alhamad interned at Amnesty International as part of the fellowship.[4] He eventually graduated with a degree in Economics, Politics, and Social Thought from Bard College Berlin in 2020.[5][6] He is scheduled to begin attending Yale University on a scholarship in 2021, studying for an MPP in Global Affairs.[7]

During his first year at Al-Furat University, Alhamad published a magazine on campus containing hidden messages speaking out against the Assad regime.[1] Alhamad was arrested for the first time in July 2011 for participating in anti-regime demonstrations.[1][8] He was arrested a second time and jailed for 70 days after he was accused of leading demonstrations.[1]

By 2013, Alhamad was also running Deir al-Zour‘s media center, an activist organization that helped document the events of the Syrian civil war.[3]

Between his third and fourth arrests, Alhamad befriended American aid worker Peter Kassig, who was later killed by ISIS.[1][9]

After organizing protests in Deir al-Zour, Alhamad was arrested for the fourth time in 2013. He was accused of spying, detained, and tortured in the Far’ Falastin prison after a coerced confession.[10] He was released in July 2014, after which he left the country, seeking refuge in Turkey.[1][10]

Alhamad has served as a member of Deir al-Zour‘s local council.[2]

In 2015, Alhamad was nominated for membership in the Youth Advisory Board for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, or UN-Habitat.[11]

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