Journalist Ibrahim Hirsi, reflects on the reaction into the Somali American Community here in Minnesota..
BIO: Ibrahim Hirsi writes about immigrant communities and the politics and policies that affect them. He was previously a staff writer for MinnPost. For his reporting, he received the 2018 MLK Commitment to Service Award, which honors public servants who are making a difference in Minnesota. Ibrahim got his start in journalism covering business at the Minnesota Daily, the University of Minnesota’s student newspaper. He has also reported on issues concerning immigrant and communities of color for the Twin Cities Daily Planet and St. Cloud Times. Ibrahim is currently a PhD student in immigration history at the University of Minnesota, and contributes to The World through a collaboration with the Immigration History Research Center.
By Ahmed Ismail YusufDirected by Faye PriceFebruary 10–March 4, 2018
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.