Saleem Haddad was educated in Jordan, Canada and the U.K. Born in Kuwait to a Lebanese-Palestinian father and an Iraqi-German mother, Saleem is an aid worker, researcher, and writer of both fiction and non-fiction. He currently works with Saferworld as a Conflict & Security Advisor, specialising in the Middle East and North Africa. Previously he has worked with Medecins Sans Frontieres, Jordan University’s Center for Strategic Studies, and the Overseas Development Institute’s ALNAP network. His short fiction has appeared in Project Pen and has been shortlisted for a number of prizes. He currently lives in London.


For most people in the West life in the Arab world for gay people is hard to fathom. It is, like many other parts of life in this region, complicated.