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Fadumo Ali




Fadumo left Somalia 1989 and lived in the United Arab Emirates for 20 years. Her husband lost his job in 2009 during the financial crisis, so Fadumo and her eight children moved to New Dehli, India, on student visas. Her husband could not get a visa and returned to Somalia. After five years, they came to the U.S. as refugees in 2013. They live in St. Paul, MN.




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Fadumo Ali Transcription
I name is Fadumo Ali. I am from Somalia. Today, I would like to talk about my life.
I left my country when I was nineteen years old. I moved to the United Arab Emirates, and we lived with my husband there for twenty years. In the year 2009, a financial crisis occurred in the U.A.E. After that my husband was laid off from his job. So we had to leave the country. We moved to New Delhi, India with our eight children. My children and I qualified for student visas, but my husband didn’t. So, he went back to Somalia. My children and I stayed in India for five years. Life was so hard. We faced a lot of difference compared with my previous life, but my children learned many, many lessons. They knew that life was always changing. Many different things happened in our lives. New schools, culture, and everyday life. We got a lot of help from the United Nations. Since we could only live in India for five years, we moved to the U.S. in July 2013. That is the reason why we are here today.
Life is not always fixed, it can change at any time. We have been here in St. Paul, Minnesota for one year and five months. Now everything is ok, but it will take time adjust to many different things.