Abdul Karim Hekmat is a freelance writer, journalist and photographer. He arrived as a refugee from Afghanistan in 2001 and spent five months in detention in Australia. Since graduating with honours from UTS under a temporary protection visa scheme, Abdul has written for the Saturday Paper, Fairfax Media and the Guardian on refugees and asylum seekers. In 2016, he was awarded humanitarian award and was finalized for the United Nations Media Peace Award and Amnesty International Media Award. He is a PhD candidate at UTS. Also a board member of Refugee Council of Australia.