Bnar's family were eventually granted refugee status and lived in a relatively safe area of Syria for two years.
But Bnar had her heart set on becoming a doctor, and Cardiff had always appealed to her ever since she was a teenager.
Bnar is also the president of MedSoc - Cardiff University's medical society - and is now enjoying her time as a student.
Bnar learnt English in just 13 months after arriving in Britain and says the one major positive to come out of her journey is the desire to help others.
Bnar said: "In many ways, I was supportive of the 2003 war because I wanted to get rid of Saddam.
TALENT: At the presentation are (from left) Bnar
Jaza, Nicole Jopek, exhibition secretary David Whiting, Melissa Copland, Josh Garlick, AC Gallery manager Linda Cartwright, Katy Lodge, and art society president Olwen Kitson (PW250909Ahamer-01)
Today Bnar, aged 18, will be honoured with a prestigious Anne Frank award as she prepares to follow her dream of becoming a doctor.
Bnar moved to Birmingham in 1998, experiencing a culture shock on arrival.
Despite her ordeal in Iraq, Bnar mastered English within months of her arrival in Britain thanks to private tutors and extra lessons.
Bnar will be honoured for her courage with an Anne Frank Award at a ceremony at the Hackney Empire in London tonight.
added: "Maybe I could go home one day, but I am keen to work as a doctor here because Britain has given me so much.
- who organised the free bus transport from Cardiff and Swansea to London - said they had not seen any trouble at the Wembley conference centre.