When I was 8 years-old, my family's home in Baghdad was bombed by militia troops. We became refugees, and moved to Syria, which was much safer at the time. After living in Syria for two years, we applied for a United Nations Refugee resettlement program. After a long set of interviews, we were informed that we would soon be moving to America!
That was 10 years ago.
Adjusting to the American way of life was a challenge at first, but I soon began to realize the power of storytelling to inspire and bring people together. During my sophomore year of high school, I started a personal blog for my personal writing, and found it incredibly empowering. All of the sudden, I realized that people actually cared about my story!
I realized that by sharing my story, I was indirectly dispelling stereotypes and changing negative attitudes. Armed with a belief that we are united by our differences as much as we are by our similarities, I set out to create a platform for youth empowerment through storytelling. This is how Narratio was born!
Narratio invites youth to share their story through the publishing of poetry, photography, art and narrative. We publish works from all over the globe, and hosts workshops centered around the power of storytelling and creativity.
I am currently a freshman at Wesleyan University, studying Anthropology and serving as a fellow at the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life.
My story is one of many that are waiting to be shared. I do not want to be the exception, I want to be the rule. Join me and our amazing team of writers and artists as we draft, publish, and empower.
Ahmed can be reached at ambadr.com