Hosam Katan was 17 when he joined the revolution in his country, Syria. He wanted to study to be a judge and was still attending school, but his plans got interrupted when the Arab Spring started in 2011. Like him, millions of young people from over 20 countries in the Arab world came together to demand rights from their respective governments. Different outcomes emerged in different places. In some of them, more than six years later, the revolution is still happening.
For its part, Syria is still in the middle of a civil war between the government of Bashar Al-Assad and the rebels. “There is no doubt that we need and needed a disruptive movement, but when the revolution started I was only expecting to demonstrate for a few days and end the regime quickly,” Katan says. The 23-year- old Syrian is now studying photojournalism in Germany. He started taking photos in Aleppo when the conflict started. “I want people to realise that Syrians are human beings as well, and that war can happen anywhere,” he says. Although he feels guilty for leaving his country, Katan thinks that he can help his people “by telling their stories and showing their emotions” with his images.