Hassan Akkad


Hassan Akkad arrived in the UK after 87 days of traveling fleeing his home and job as an English teacher in Damascus, Syria. He shares a story and experience of many refugees fleeing conflict, a story that we hear reports of on the news but that the majority of people have no experience of.

Hassan has told this story in a ground-breaking way. Production company KEO Films provided Hassan and five other refugees with camera phones to record their tumultuous journeys to seek refuge in Europe pieced together in the documentary Exodus: Our Journey to Europe on BBC2.


Find out more about Hassan

Watch Exodus: My Journey to Europe

Previous talks at Being The Story

My Journey to Europe

Hassan shared his experience of turning the camera on himself to record this life-risking journey that thousands of refugees have made. Now living in London, he reflected on how his journey and resettlement have impacted upon him. He has provided a voice for many unheard refugee stories and he discussed the implications of this.