Murtadha Al Shaikhli
"There was a feeling I never felt, I never felt the feeling of home…when I came here, I knew this is my neighborhood, this is my city."
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Columbus has truly become home for Murtadha. Born in Iraq, Murtadha’s journey to Central Ohio includes stops in 9 countries. A civil engineer by trade, Murtadha now supports other refugees through volunteer opportunities with Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS) while working towards his next dream of becoming an architect. Hear Murtadha’s story below.