Mohammed Omer is a 25-year-old Palestinian journalist who grew up in the Rafah refugee camp. His father was in Israeli prison for twelve years, and at age six Omer began to work to support his family. His teenage brother was killed by Israeli snipers on the way home from school; his house was bulldozed with his mother inside, and she sustained severe injuries; almost all his siblings have been injured by Israeli forces. He became a journalist in order to get the word out about what was happening in Gaza, and his articles and images can be found in The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Pacifica Radio, Electronic Intifada, The Nation, Inter Press Service, and other publications. He founded the blog Rafah Today.
In 2008 he won the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism. One the way home from the awards ceremony in London he was detained at the airport by Israeli security forces and tortured; since then he has been under continual medical treatment in the Netherlands. Click here to hear our interview on the Santa Fe Radio Cafe on KSFR.