Housam Al-Mosilli is a respected writer, journalist, translator and researcher from Syria. He lived in Damascus. Following three arrests and torture by the Syrian security forces for covering anti-government demonstrations, he fled the country in 2012.
He went to Lebanon, but after receiving threats from Hezbollah, he fled to Egypt. After what he describes as a military coup in Egypt, in August 2013, he finally fled to Turkey, where he lived in Istanbul for two and a half years.
In his writings, Housam deals with political and human rights issues regarding the current situation in the Middle-East region, particularly the rise of extremism in northern Syria. He works as a translator and proof reader for Noon publishing House and Al Mutawassit Publishing House. He is a poet, continues to write a novel in Arabic, and a book on film and politics. As a journalist he is still writing political articles for magazines.
In the media
17 May 2016: Local Voices.se How a Syrian writer fled to Sweden after a torturer’s castration threat
13 May 2016: PEN International Syrian Voices- PEN International talks to Housam Al-Mosilli