Culture is one of the most powerful forces as it’s significant to how we see and understand the world around us, and how we express ourselves. Malal’s family was granted political asylum allowing them to immigrate to the U.S. in the early 1970s. Her parents began their new life as staff for her grandfather’s business.
Kutaiba has a rather interesting story. Born in Iraq, he joined the Iraqi Army in 1984. He attended the Iraqi Military College in Baghdad, in 1985 was sent to India to study at the Indian Military Academy. Being good at basketball, Kutaiba played on teams representing his school, town, governorate, and the Indian Military Academy.