Muhammad Najem had mostly known a life of war during his childhood in Syria; he was only thirteen when a bombing killed his father. Realizing that people did not know what families like his were living through, he began reporting on the war using the camera on his phone and social media. Through interviews with kids like himself, he revealed a painful truth: that ordinary Syrians were being bombed by their own government and were spending their days hiding in underground shelters. Despite strong personal losses and tremendous risk for his family, he continued reporting, and his stories began to gain notice around the world. Muhammad Najem, War Reporter: How One Boy Put the Spotlight on Syria is the graphic memoir written by Muhammad Najem and Nora Neus, the CNN producer who helped bring international recognition to his reporting.
Muhammad Najem is an internationally recognized journalist from Eastern Ghouta, Syria. He began his reporting career as a child, under near-constant bombardment by the Assad regime, by taking videos on his cell phone and posting them on social media. His story went viral in 2018, putting a target on his and his family’s backs. In 2019, he and his family fled Syria and moved to Turkey.
Nora Neus is an Emmy-award nominated journalist and writer living in Brooklyn, New York. She has reported from inside a maximum-security prison, from 14,000 feet above sea level in the San Juan Mountains, and from rural Puerto Rico after devastating earthquakes. Nora studied the Syrian conflict for her MA in War Studies from King’s College London.
Julie Robine is an illustrator and designer based in Brooklyn. Since graduating from RISD in 2015, she has worked as a freelance illustrator on a variety of projects, including the picture book The Day The Kids Took Over. A middle child, she has been drawing since realizing it was the only thing she was better at than her sisters.