Sadia Abdewali was born in Somalia in 1994. She moved to Kenya in 1999, Minnesota in 2000, and then Seattle, WA, where she grew up. She moved back to Minnesota in 2014 and is studying to be a K-5th grade teacher.
Saida Hassan was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1989. She and her family left Somalia in 1991 because of the civil war. She lived with her grandmother in Kenya, Nairobi, for several years. Saida
Sahra Hassan was born and grew up Mogadishu, Somalia. In Somalia, she completed secondary school, a year of national service, and started her own business in 1985. After the civil war, she left Somalia for Uganda. She came to the United States as a…
Wise Ali was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1989. His family left Somalia in 1991 to escape the civil war. He moved to Kenya and lived there for 21 years in refugee camps. In 2012, he moved to the U.S. with the help of the UNHCR. He is currently a student…
Mohamed Kassim Ahmed was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. He left Somalia in 2008 because of continued instability and moved to Uganda, where he continued high school. He was able to resettle in the United States in 2013. He is currently a student at St. Paul…
Hodan Dahir was born in Somalia. She later lived in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya before resettling to the United States with her family in 207. She moved to Buffalo, NY and now lives in Minneapolis. She works at an adult day care.
Zaki Omar was born in Somalia in 1985. He attended Shafii Secondary School. He moved to Qatar for several years because of the situation in Somalia, but he could not go to school. He moved to the United States in September 2014 and lived in Minneapolis,…
Fartun Abdi was born in Somalia and raised in Kenya. Her family moved to Tanzania and Ethiopia before settling in Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2012. After graduation, she worked for Lutheran Social Services as…
Maryama was born into a large family in Somalia. Her mother was a housewife and her father served in the military until 1991. Many of her relatives died during the civil war, and Maryama and her son, in fear for their lives, left the country to go to…