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Youssef Akhtarini

Meet Youssef Akhtarini. Youssef came to the U.S. as a refugee after he and his family were forced to flee their home in Syria, leaving behind everything they’ve ever known. This included the “sweet shops” Youssef owned in Aleppo, where he sold handmade Baklava and Syrian treats – a craft he has been mastering since he was 16 years old.

When war turned his shops and home into rubble and threatened his life and the lives of those he loved, he and his family had no choice but to make their way to Turkey.

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