Abubakr was born in Libya and moved to the Gaza Strip when he was young. He spent over two decades in the country, first as an English literature student, then as a teacher and translator, and finally as a journalist. In 2019, Abubakr fled the country when Hamas, the militant Islamic nationalist group that governs the territory, tried to control his reporting. Having relocated his wife and children to Egypt, he moved to the UK, leaving his parents behind in Gaza. Overnight, Abubakr went from being an employed citizen to an asylum seeker. He is presently studying for a Master’s degree at SOAS University of London and working as a freelance journalist and producer.