Basman Derawi

Basman, 26, was born in Kuwait and lived there for two years before coming to Gaza. A physiotherapist for the Ministry of Health, he graduated from Al-Azhar University in 2010.

He thinks of writing as a remedy--a tool that can change the world and be used as resistance. Basman began drafting stories a year ago and is inspired by music, movies and people with special needs. One of his dreams as a Palestinian is to share and show Palestinians' real faces as they struggle and work for their rights. He also loves to read, cook, and play video games and basketball.