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About Abdi

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.

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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)

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“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.”
 
 

Photo by Shannon Sayer

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Recent Press

TELL US 5 THINGS ABOUT YOUR BOOK: A REFUGEE SAYS, ‘CALL ME AMERICAN’

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.

NEW YORK TIMES, July 15, 2018

 

AMANPOUR: LUIS VIDEGARAY AND ABDI NOR IFTIN

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.

AMANPOUR ON PBS, July 4, 2018

 

SOMALI REFUGEE ABDI NOR IFTIN: 'I AM HERE TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT'

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. 

NPR, June 10, 2018

 

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Meet Abdi

Abdi speaks frequently at events and book signings around the United States, where he engages audiences with inspiring stories of his heroic survival.

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