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My Long Journey

Fear, Giddiness and Surrealism: My Long Journey to Grub Street My mind has been humming with thoughts of writing a memoir about Somalia’s civil war–my survival during the painful journey between Somalia, Kenya, and the refugee camps, and...


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Words Made You

 Words Made You (Poem) A gaze of a woman. A pose of a man. Glances between them. Partly gray and partly blue sky. An invisible aroma of flowers in the air.   Standing. Sitting. Holding ice cream cones. A walk in the park. Holding hands. Eyes...


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Somali-Born

Somali-Born Writer Boyah Farah Blasts Trump Ban on Refugees From His Country (Transcript) A girl holds a Somali flag during a 2016 Somali Independence Day street fair in Minneapolis. (Flickr / CC 2.0) In this week’s episode of “Scheer...


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Home No More

Home No More I stood in the fourth-floor lounge at Cambridge Innovation Center, my gaze switching back and forth between the innovators—who were drinking their morning coffees and teas—and the Syrian refugees on the large flat-screen TV. While...


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Refugee camp

I used to be a number in a refugee camp. In America I became a person In 1993, I was living with six siblings and Mama in Utanga refugee camp outside Mombasa in Kenya. Before coming to the camp, I had witnessed all kinds of human cruelty and...


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Danger in my belly

Best essays of 2017: Danger in my belly: I know where Donald Trump’s tribal rhetoric can lead I am black. I am a Muslim. I am a war survivor and I am a refugee turned writer from Somalia who now lives in the U.S. Like you, I am a two-legged...


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The “good pirates” of Somalia

The “good pirates” of Somalia One morning in Eyl, Somalia, Osman, a married fisherman in his thirties, woke up with the rising of the sun. His wife and eight children, all under 14 years old, were still sleeping in the hut beneath the edge of the...