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

Against tremendous odds, Abdi Nor Iftin made it from war-ravaged Somalia to America

Now a Maine resident, he tells his harrowing tale in his new memoir.

- Portland Press Herald, 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


From war-torn Somalia to Maine: An immigrant’s story of hope

“Exiting the plane felt like a historic moment, like when the first man walked on the moon. I wondered if gravity felt different in America.”

- Boston Globe, May 23, 2018

Abdi and his Golden Ticket to the US

Abdi Nor Iftin fled Somalia only to land in one of Kenya's worst slums. When he won the US green card lottery his problems seemed to be solved - but it turned out to be the start of a whole new struggle.

- BBC, December 27, 2017