Man at the Airport by Hassan Al Kontar
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MAN AT THE AIPORT
How Social Media Saved My Life – One Syrian’s Story

Author: Hassan Al Kontar

His only weapon was his cellphone.

When civil war broke out in his home country in 2011, Hassan Al Kontar was a young Syrian living and working in the UAE. A conscientious objector by faith and temperament, he refused to return to Syria for compulsory military service and lived illegally before being deported to Malaysia in 2018. Unable to obtain a visa for any other country, he became trapped in the arrivals zone at Kuala Lumpur Airport. Exiled by war and trapped by geopolitics, Al Kontar used social media and humour to tell his story to the world, becoming an international celebrity and ultimately finding refuge in Canada.

Man at the Airport explores what it means to be a Syrian, an “illegal” and a refugee. More broadly, it examines the power of social media to amplify individual voices and facilitate political dissent. Hassan Al Kontar was the first—but not the last—to galvanize international public opinion in his own defense.

  • Non-fiction, 240pp
  • ISBN 978-1-7770101-8-8 (softcover)
  • ISBN 978-1-7770101-9-5 (html)
  • 5.5″ x 8.5″
  • Publication date: May 2021
  • CAD $ 23.95

Hassan Al Kontar’s powerful account of a journey propelled by dreams, family, escape, discrimination, imprisonment, injustice, perseverance and survival lays bare many of the deepest failings in our world. It is also a remarkable tale of courage, determination and triumph.

Alex Neve, Former Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada
  • Fitzhenry & Whiteside

Tidewater Press is pleased to announce that from February 1, 2020, our titles will be distributed by Fitzhenry & Whiteside, a Canadian book distribution company based in Markham, Ontario.