Introduce yourself: who are you, what do you do, and why is it important?
My name is Abdul Samad Haidari – a Hazara-Afghani descendent. I am a journalist, an author, a poet, a humanitarian aid worker, a certified translator/interpreter (Cairo American University accredited), a Teacher and a human rights activist. I am is also a member of Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club (JFCC).
I am a stateless refugee at the moment. I have been living in Indonesia since early 2014 as a certified-refugee – determined by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 2016. I have authored a collection of poetry called The Red Ribbon.
I write my life stories in poetry and other life experiences. I do these to advocate for human rights/refugees who have fled war, persecution and genocide.
What’s your most valuable skill?
Writing, journalism, teaching, interpreting/translating and communication.
Describe a tool, technique or practice that makes a difference to your work
I write on real life-based events. This contributes to the real essence of stories, and I always write almost everything in poetry first and then change it into what my clients or audience want. This poetry approach helps me convey my message clearly and in a more precise but effective way.
What advice do you most need to hear?
Fair and truthful comments/feedback on my work – I love these two important flavors because I want to grow. These also allow me to learn and not to repeat errors.
Suggest an endearing and humorous question for question number five – and answer it.
Are you too genuine?
Yes. One of my closest friends tells me, “Abdul you are too genuine and that you don’t fit into a lot of categories and areas.”
Would you like to go back to journalism?
Yes, but once I get a permanent sanctuary.
Optional extra: Suggest one or two people you know whose answers you’d like to read, and who you think would enjoy answering
My editor, and my audience.- I enjoy answering my audience!
- News article about The Red Ribbon book launch in Jakarta
- Short clip of Abdul reading from The Red Ribbon