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. The work involved:
- 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).
- Writing 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:
- “Even Al-Shamaiah mental hospital was not safe from destruction”. (2003). Summer, 25, pp. 48-52.
- “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.
- “Homeless Iraqi children”. (2004). Summer, 28, pp. 36-38.
- “Handicapped in Iraq: Looking forward to living normal lives”. (2004). Summer, 28, pp. 42-43.
- Published a few investigative reports in English, too (see this link).
- Conducting hundreds of TV, radio, newspaper interviews for international and local media in English and Arabic. A few interviews are listed below:
1. The Washington Post, 2. BBC News, 3. BBC, 4. BBC News UK, 5. AP- USA TODAY, 6. UPI, 7. AP- The Boston Globe, 8. The Independent, 9. IRIN News, 10. Radio Free Europe, 11. China Daily, 12. US National Nurses magazine, 13. The Seattle Times, 14. CBS News
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.