By Jerm Cohen

By Jerm Cohen


Ahmed is a writer, social entrepreneur, poet, and former refugee from Iraq. On July 25th, 2006, Ahmed's home in Baghdad was bombed by militia troops. He and his family relocated to Syria as refugees for two and a half years before receiving approval to move to the United States. Ahmed founded Narratio, a global platform for youth empowerment through creative expression. Narratio publishes works of art from all over the globe, and hosts workshops centered around the power of storytelling and creativity.

This [hate infused] rhetoric has driven the media’s portrayal of refugees, which makes it important for people like Badr to stand up and tell a different story.
— Casey Tolan, Fusion (Splinter News)

Together with the Syrian artist and architect Mohamad Hafez, Ahmed co-founded UNPACKED: Refugee Baggage, a multi-media installation that remodels the homes of refugees inside a series of suitcases in an effort to humanize and give voice to a demographic that is often viewed in the abstract.

Ahmed is a sophomore at Wesleyan University, where he is a Fellow at the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life. This past summer, Ahmed began working with the UN Migration Agency as the host of the “A Way Home Together” podcast. With work featured by SAPTEDxTeenUnited NationsInstagramNPRGlobal Citizen, and others, Ahmed explores the intersection between creativity, the refugee experience, and youth empowerment.

We must start building tunnels before we expect people to see the light at the end of them.
— Ahmed for The Huffington Post