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Iraqi student praises the power of multiculturalism

When Ahmed Fahad left Iraq two years ago to pursue a PhD in the United States, he had what he described as “scary expectations.”

However, strong English language skills and a belief in what he called “the multicultural sense of communication” helped the father of three to survive.

Ahmed was one of 70 students from 42 countries who were winners of a UN-backed international essay contest promoting multilingualism.