I realized that by sharing my story, I was indirectly dispelling stereotypes and changing negative attitudes
Ahmed Badr, a resettled Iraqi refugee, created a storytelling platform called Narratio, a global platform that showcases the innate creativity of young people and the power of storytelling. “I realized that by sharing my story, I was indirectly dispelling stereotypes and changing negative attitudes," says Badr. Narratio was born with the idea that “we are united by our differences as much as we are by our similarities." Today, Narratio has a community of storytellers across more than 17 countries and three continents. Each storyteller has the opportunity to use the platform to express their visions of hope and imagination in multiple languages. Just as inspiring, Narratio hosts storytelling workshops in community centers, refugee camps, and universities around the world. With the knowledge that a language barrier can discourage the youth from sharing intimate stories, these workshops allow a positive and comfortable space for attendees to express their deepest thoughts, feelings, and ideas. Each youth who participated had a unique story to share — whether fiction or nonfiction — and a unique perspective on the world around them.