"Middle East and North Africa Correspondent"
Based in Tunis
I met the last ‘official’ storyteller of Damascus in a café near the old Ummayad Mosque in 2009, long before the war destroyed most of Syrias cities and its society. He was sitting there with an old stick with mother of pearl inlays, swirling it around and reciting one of the old stories of 1001 nights. Men were gathering in the corner, smoking Nargileh while the coke-labeled refrigator was rumbling in another corner. It was the synchrony of modern and traditional Syria. I was fascinated and told his story in German media like he did to his listeners.
To me the Middle East is not only a region full of conflicts – but it is like an arabic market place: a souk. Bright, colourfull and confusing most of the times. But you will find a story to tell on every corner you pass. That’s why I am here. But instead of the old storyteller’s stick I am hitting the road with a pen. And my camera. See you around.
In Germany I studied German language, Politics and Education to become a teacher. 2009/10 I visited Damascus, Syria to learn Arabic. After that I started my traineeship at the German National Broadcaster NDR in Hamburg and worked for the German Public Broadcasting Radio for several years. In 2016 I joined the German News Agency dpa as a Middle East Correspondent.
Besides that, I am giving lectures and seminars for Multimedia Journalism and Investigative / Online Research at various institutions in Germany and the Middle East. Every two weeks you can read about the absurdity of living in the Middle East in my column at German Newspaper Stern.de. But it is not about absurdity. Since many people don't have the chance to see what I see as a reporter, I want to explain to the audience why some things happen as they are.
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Cité El Jardins, Tunis
phone I: +216 58 120 685
phone II: +49 151 681 09 612
info [at] simon-kremer [dot] de