Abdinasir Hussein

From: Mogadishu, Somalia  Current City: Minneapolis, MN
"I was confused about the buildings. I don’t know how to drive a car, and I don’t know how to take the bus. I was confused most days. And then I adapted."
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Throughout his life, Abdinasir Hussein has moved from country to country. Each change has brought its own share of challenges and losses.

Born in 1996, Abdinasir spent the first few years of his life in Somalia. Like many people in the region, he fled Somalia and became a refugee in Kenya. Abdinasir spent five years as a refugee; he married and had his daughter in Kenya. Abdinasir’s mother—who had spent twenty years in the United States—sponsored him for a visa to come to America. After saying his farewells to his friends and family, he set off to his new home.

When he arrived in Minneapolis, Abdinasir was welcomed by his mother and many of his relatives. He embraced his family and looked around at this strange, new country. He was confused by much of what he saw, especially the buildings and the transportation system of Minneapolis.

Abdinasir has adjusted to his new life since then. After studying at Wellstone International High School, he began working for the post office. Abdinasir has big dreams for the future. He wants to graduate from college with a degree in computer science and—most importantly—return to Somalia to see his daughter again.

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