Ahmed grew up in Iraq. When the war began, his father, who could speak and read English, was recruited to work with the US military. Later, he was hired by Associated Press and given access to highly sensitive locations and people. Because of this, Ahmed’s father became a target and was killed. Ahmed, his mother, and two siblings were on their own in a very hostile place. Despite being very young, Ahmed became the “head” of the family, and they soon fled to safety in Jordan.
After living in a single room in Jordan for a year, the family’s request to immigrate to the US was denied. Discouraged, Ahmed and his family returned to Iraq where they were bullied for their desire to get away. Having only .50 meant to buy his lunch, Ahmed decided to visit an internet café and contact the US government for one last desperate try. It worked!
Since entering the US, Ahmed has been working to improve his English skills and earn an American high school diploma. He will graduate from Biddeford Adult Education in June and has been accepted into Maine Maritime Academy for the Fall of 2018. The folks at Biddeford Adult Education will be cheering him on every step of the way!!
Posted by Anne Beaulieu on April 13, 2018 | Read more in: News