About Hassan Al Kontar

A quick overview

The Man at the Airport is Syrian refugee, Hassan Al Kontar, who spent 7 months stuck in an arrival terminal at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia. 


Hassan’s story became an international media sensation as he documented his experience using social media with wit and warmth while trying to find a way to escape from his predicament.


Eventually, Hassan was detained by the Malaysian government and spent two months in a detention centre before he was finally able to travel to his new home in Canada, through the efforts of a group of Canadian volunteers.


Hassan is committed to advocating for refugees around the world using the creative, upbeat approach that made him beloved by thousands of people.  He is driven by a single goal; to do his part in making the world a better place for all.

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