When Ahmed Badr was 8 years old, his family's home in Baghdad was bombed in
the midst of the Iraq War. The family was uninjured. They moved to Syria,
which was peaceful then, and in 2008, they came to the U.S. as refugees.
Writing helps Badr deal with what he's been through, and he wants to give
other young people the same outlet. Now a student at Wesleyan University,
Badr founded the website Narratio to empower others to tell their stories.
Badr used writing to figure out what it meant to be an Iraqi-American kid.
His life had dramatically changed since coming to the U.S. — in Baghdad,
his parents were civil engineers; in the U.S., they worked minimum wage jobs
at Home Depot and Wal-Mart. Overtime, Badr realized that writing on his
personal blog helped other people understand who he was and where he came
from. "There was this feeling of empowerment that was just overnight, all of
sudden people were interested in my story," Badr says. "... And so with that
in mind, two years passed,