“What It’s Like to Leave Iraq for a Life in America” on The Atlantic

In 2007, Ahmed Al Kubaisi was walking past the American base in Fallujah, Iraq, when he was allegedly shot by an American sniper. Al Kubaisi, then 15 years old, was paralyzed from the waist down. This short film by Luisa ConlonHanna Miller, and Lacy Jane Roberts chronicles how Al Kubaisi left his family behind and was resettled in the Bay Area in 2013 by the UN Refugee Agency. Predictably, he has complicated feelings to navigate about America—having suffered greatly during the U.S. invasion of Iraq, but also finding treatment and making friends upon moving.

This piece won a national Mark of Excellence award from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2017.

Watch the film here.