I’m Zahra Ahmad, a city beat reporter for the Flint Journal in Flint, Michigan. In February, I traveled back to Iraq for the first time since immigrating to the states 20 years prior. There, I walked the ruins of Babylon, met extended family and r...
Being an Iraqi in the United States, I've faced challenges unique to those whose parents have sacrificed it all for their children's future. Growing up in the states, I felt assimilating was the only way I could succeed and repay my parents. After all, they'd given up the life they'd built to become strangers in a foreign country. In recent years, I realized the suppression of my Iraqi culture has made it difficult to recognize the person I had become.
In February, alongside the fearlessly talented Brontë Wittpenn, I traveled to Iraq after immigrating to the states 20 years prior. There, I reunited with family, abolished stereotypes of the Middle East and strengthened the connection to my ancestral roots.
This five-part series gives a voice to immigrants, people who've played a significant role in shaping our land of opportunity. To those of you reading with shared experiences, I hope this story makes you feel less alone.
Proof: https://twitter.com/MLive/status/1163237030035382277 The series: https://www.mlive.com/iraq/ In this YouTube video, I talk about my journey back to Iraq and how this project came about: https://youtu.be/EMo8dTfgauU