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Abdi Khalif




Abdi was born and grew up in Kismayo, Somalia. After the outbreak of civil war in 1991, he went to a small town, Doble, near the Kenyan border. Two years later, he returned to Kismayo and ran his own business. He later went to South Africa, where he again ran his own business. He began the resettlement process in 2010 and finally came to the US with his wife and children on January 30, 2014. He has two parents and five children. He hopes to open his own business in Minnesota.




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Abdi Khalif
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“Survivor: Abdi’s Story”

My name is Abdi Khalif. I was born in Somalia. I fled Somalia January 12, 1991 because of civil war. I went to a small town, Doble, near the border of Kenya. Two years later, I went back to Kismayo, the region of Jubaland, the place I was born. My aunt lived in Kismayo. She had a business there. She taught me how to do business. One year later, I made my own business. Then, seven years later, I went to South Africa. My business in South Africa was clothing, shoes, cosmetics. On November 18, 2001, I began the resettlement process in the US 2010. And I came United States January 13, 2014.

The reason I am running Somalia and South Africa: I don’t have safety. But in the US, I have safety. I am happy in the US. I say thank you for the United States people, United States government. And I like because they give me safe place, they give me everything when I come here, they said welcome to United States. They give me everything: the documents, everything they give to me.

I want to work. I want to cover myself and pay my family. Now working I’m happy United States. Some day, I will open a business shop. You’re not working another someone. You work for your own self. You open for your shop any time you want. Any time you want, you close your shop. Plus you have freedom of business. Freedom of business.