A young adult version of Woods College of Advancing Studies student Abdi Nor Iftin’s memoir has been published. Call Me American: The Extraordinary True Story of a Young Somali Immigrant (Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House, 2020) tells the story of Iftin’s journey into young adulthood and his immigration to the U.S. Iftin grew up in Somalia, but as the threat of civil war approached, his family was forced to flee to his country. Through the turbulent years of war, Iftin found solace in popular American music and films. He eventually won a visa to the U.S. and has since become a U.S. citizen. In an interview with the Boston Globe, he said he hopes young readers of his memoir will be inspired to write their own story.
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