In Nat Geo's Stunning Ad, a Syrian Refugee Revisits Her Journey and Charts a Path to the Stars

Nujeen Mustafa tells her story of determination and discovery

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Nujeen Mustafa dreams of becoming an astronaut.

Now, that’s a tough goal for anyone to accomplish under the best of circumstances, let alone a Syrian refugee whose cerebral palsy keeps her in a wheelchair. Still, we wouldn’t be a bit surprised if the 19-year-old star of National Geographic’s new promotional film makes it to the International Space Station or Mars one day.

The 240-mile rocket ride to the ISS will probably feel like a luxurious first-class flight compared to the 3,500 miles she traveled in 2015 from war-ravaged Syria to start a new life in Germany.



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