A native of the Syrian city of Homs, Aboud Dandachi turned to activism in the aftermath of the regime's brutal suppression of a massive sit-in at the city's New Clock Square in April 2011. He was one of the first individuals from within Homs to give media interviews to English language news services regarding events in Homs. Over the next year he would provide numerous live reports and interviews to various BBC World Service programs.
Having survived the regime's tank and artillery assault on his neighborhood of Inshaat in February 2012, Aboud moved to the coastal town of Tartous, where he witnessed firsthand the tragic costs and effects of the war on loyalist communities. In the aftermath of the regime's chemical weapons attack on two Damascus suburbs in August 2013, Aboud finally left Syria, arriving in Istanbul in September.
Aboud is the author of the blog "From Homs to Istanbul", available at www.abouddandachi.com . "The Doctor, the Eye Doctor and Me" is his first book.