Ziad is one of idec 2013’s coffee talkers:
Ziad Shamrouch, Program Manager for Cross-Cultural Programs, is a Palestinian refugee from Dheisheh Refugee Camp in the West Bank. Cofounder of the Ibdaa Cultural Center in Dheisheh, Zeiad is also a filmmaker, journalist and educator.
What do you want to share at IDEC?
I want to share what I have learned from working with children under Israeli occupation in my refugee camp near Bethlehem in Palestine. I’d like to share how children growing up in violence and enforced poverty have used arts and media to express their experiences, in the process developing their voices and becoming creative teachers and learners in their community struggle for their rights. I want to share how these refugee children have broken through the fences, military checkpoints and walls of their isolation to change local and international public opinion and inspire others to act.
article from 2008:
Ziad at the social forum in Detroit in 2010:
Ziad is the Program Manager for Cross-Cultural Programs at the Middle East Children’s Alliance in Berkeley.
more about Ziad from their site:
Ziad Abbas is a Palestinian refugee from Dheisheh Refugee camp in the West Bank. He is the cofounder of the Ibdaa Cultural Center in Dheisheh where he served as Co-Director from 1994 to 2008. Ziad is also a journalist who has worked with Palestinian and international media and has participated in the production of several documentary films. He has a Master of Arts in Social Justice and Intercultural Relations from the School for International Training Graduate Institute. Ziad is the Program Manager for Cross-Cultural Programs at the Middle East Children’s Alliance in Berkeley.