Man whose family fled Iraq an Ohio student leader

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 8, 2014 at 8:51 a.m.



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FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) — A young man whose family left the violent turmoil of Iraq has become a campus leader at a southwest Ohio college with a fast-growing international student population.

Twenty-three-year-old Fady (FAY'-dee) Al-Banna (AHL'-Ban-nuh) is a senior, and the director of international affairs for student government at Wright State University. He is also on a dean of students advisory board.

New international students at Wright State increased by 42 percent last fall to 1,477.

Al-Banna says he enjoys the diversity of Wright State and appreciates the efforts to recruit students from other countries.

His family left Iraq in 2007 after his father had a harrowing escape when two men abducted him in his car at gunpoint. The family of four moved to Lebanon, and then to the United States in 2009.

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