“No one gets to choose where to be born; what happens after that is what you can imagine.”
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Abdi is a radio journalist, public speaker and the author of Call Me American, the true story of his heroic survival in war-ravaged Mogadishu and his incredible journey to a new life in America.
Praise for Abdi's Memoir
“A wrenching yet hopeful autobiography… Iftin’s extraordinary saga is not just a journey of self-advancement but a quest to break free from ethnic and sectarian hatreds.”
—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“I came here to help make America great. I did not come to take but to give—to contribute whatever I can to this beautiful country, as so many immigrants before me have done. I am a proud Somali with a passion for America. I know it is possible to savor camel milk and democracy, to chase antelopes across the bush and hold hands at the movies, to proudly name your nomadic ancestors and dance to hip-hop.”
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Abdi talks about the trauma of revisiting his memories, how his book — and his thoughts about the United States — changed after Trump’s election and more.
On this Fourth of July, Christiane Amanpour dedicates the show to an issue of our time- immigration. Abdi Nor Iftin shares his extraordinary journey of fleeing his home in search of a better life in America.
What does it take to become an American? In 2015, This American Life told the story of a Somalian refugee who was finally issued a visa to come and live in the United States.