Khabat Abbas is an independent journalist and video producer from north-eastern Syria. As a current fellow of the Berlin Scholarship Program, she is learning how to protect herself against digital threats such as surveillance or hacker attacks and how to stay digitally safe in a war zone.
Since 2011, she has been covering the developments from the frontlines in Syria, including demonstrations, the fight against IS and its aftermath. She has worked for a wide variety of local and international media outlets including TF1, ABC, Arte, The Washington Post, The Spiegel, Sunday Times, and Daily Mail.
Khabat has also worked in the humanitarian field and worked for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in projects aiming to assist internally displaced persons and in the protection unit of UNHCR. During the pandemic she is co-authoring a book called Pandemic Solidarity. Khabat was a finalist for the News Fixer Prize by the Kurt Schork Memorial Fund. Khabat holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Aleppo University and in political science from Damascus University. She is fluent in Kurdish, Arabic, and English.