Baraah fled the conflict in Syria, eventually settling in Turkey and finding her future in tech. She speaks of her experiences in this second story in the series about graduates of EMPACT — the World Food Programme innovation project connecting students at risk of hunger to the global digital economy. Read the first story of Layth from Iraq here.


Baraah came to Turkey four years ago. She left her home country, Syria, because of armed conflict. “All I wanted was safety and a normal life for my family.”

Baraah is now building up a new life in Istanbul, 1,400 km away from her birth city of Al-Bukamal in eastern Syria. Memories of conflict and displacement left deep scars, but despite all challenges, she maintained her unstoppable spirit and ambition to pursue a career in tech.