Writer, reporter, and public speaker Chaker Khazaal grew up in a refugee camp in Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War.
In 2005, he was awarded the prestigious Global Leader of Tomorrow Award, by York University in Toronto, for his excellent academic and leadership skills.
Now a proud Canadian citizen, Chaker finally has a country to call home. Not one to forget his upbringing, he has traveled overseas to war zones, conducting interviews for his books and articles.
His stories have powerful messages focusing on Middle East politics, and current world events. Widely anticipated, they reach global audiences – a true testament to an inspiring young man.
Chaker Khazaal is a Palestinian-Canadian writer and speaker on refugees and international aid.
Khazaal was born in 1987 in the Bourj el-Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon to a Palestinian filmmaker father and and socio-political activist mother. His paternal grandfather and maternal grandparents were displaced from Palestine in 1948 following Nakba Day and became refugees in Lebanon.
When he was 17, he was awarded the prestigious Global Leader of Tomorrow Award by Toronto’s York University for his excellent academic and leadership skills to study film production and international studies. He immigrated to Canada in 2005.
After completing his studies in 2009, Chaker worked for Nations United, a Canadian platform for humanitarian organizations where he served as a public speaker. He was the creator and co-host of Nations United’s humanitarian web-reality show Faces of Transformation.
In April 2013, Chaker launched his first book – Confessions of a War Child – at the Société de lecture in Geneva, and later received the Award for Creativity from Princess Karen Cantrell of the Order of Saint Lazarus. Chaker’s most recent social media campaign included the 2014 Oscar nominated film Omar.
Chaker has become a prominent voice for Palestinian refugees, advocating for refugees to immigrate to countries where there are more opportunities.
I focus a lot on something, which is the unexpressed love.
We have a lot of people in the world that fall in love but there are so many burdens between them and their love so it is unexpressed, un-manifested love, which in the Confessions of a War Child Trilogy, it gets emphasized more when one of the lovers moves to the world of the dead because then there is no judgment.
There are no conditions. There are no… love comes with package. It comes with a lot of luggage that each person brings to the table. But when someone is in the world of the dead, we become observers and we let go of all these things.
Cinematography: Danielle Calodney & Andi Velazquez
Edited by: Ayse Nur Gencalp
Interviewed by: Laura Lehmann