Warda: My Journey from the Horn of Africa to a College Education

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WARDA: MY JOURNEY FROM THE HORN OF AFRICA TO A COLLEGE EDUCATION

This episode of Big Blend Radio features Somali-American writer Warda Mohamed Abdullahi, who shares some of the stories behind her new memoir, “Warda: My Journey from the Horn of Africa to a College Education,” that not only tells the story of her own resilience but also that of striving refugees around the world. Listen here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on Spreaker, PodBean, or SoundCloud.

Set in the rugged shrublands of rural Ethiopia, the contentious neighborhoods of South Africa, and the icy streets of Michigan, Warda is the story of a fierce young woman on a tireless quest to become the first member of her family to go to college.

Born in Saudi Arabia to undocumented, ethnic Somali parents living hundreds of miles from their ancestral homeland, Warda Mohamed Abdullahi loses her mother in a horrific accident as a baby and must live apart from her father until she’s eleven years old. As she grows up, she faces tragedy and triumph, from staring down a wild leopard to protect her family’s sheep and goats, to carefully crossing borders and evading immigration officials across Africa, and traveling with her family to America to begin life anew.

Warda is a powerful memoir that will help readers understand the inequities and injustices embedded in a global system that determines who is allowed to move freely and live where they choose. It is the story of a father’s relentless quest to give his eldest daughter the opportunities he never had and a daughter’s perseverance, determination, and steadfast refusal to let go of a dream.

Warda Mohamed Abdullahi currently resides in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, with her hooyo and aabo. She recently graduated from Saint Catherine University and is taking a year off to be with her family, including her daughter Rahma Abu Bakar Ibrahim. Warda looks forward to continuing her journey towards her doctorate in medicine, her lifelong learning in Islam, and spending time with her family. Find out more about her at www.wardaabdullahi.com

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Warda recently graduated from Saint Catherine University and is taking a year off to be with her family, including her daughter.

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