From Somalia to the U.S.A. 1984. A young shepherd boy stands in front of his mother to tell her of the decision he has made in the night. He has had enough of the nomadic life, of herding goats and sheep, and is leaving to seek out a better life. With that, he sets off on an adventure that takes him on the road less traveled from Somalia to Minnesota. It’s the epic tale of Ahmed Ismail Yusuf who, inspired by Maya Angelou, discovers the power of the written word.
This is the tale of my two twin nephews, Hassan and Hussein, who live in Cairo, Egypt. Five years ago during the military coup, Hassan, was detained by the police. Immediately, his twin, Hussein, began searching in earnest for ways to help in the release of his brother and to help his family, who suffer under both emotional and financial strain.
Five years ago, I started a “Let My Nephew Go” petition and campaign demanding Hassan’s release along with thousands of other young Egyptians who have been wrongly imprisoned by the military regime. Now, I’d like to support Hussein’s new venture.
What would you do if your innocent twin brother was wrongly sent to prison for 15 years? You’d start your own business. Just recently, Hussein opened a new small business–a “hole in the wall” with a cart theme serving two Egyptian street food staples–foul and falafel .
Hussein explained, “I want to channel my outrage in a positive way to help my family and brother. I’m starting my own business in honor of my brother.”