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Al-Jazeera World – A Somali in America (2017)

Al-Jazeera World 2017 A Somali in America

The story of Ali, a young Somali refugee in the US, who’s now re-assessing his new life under the Trump presidency.

Documents the experience of Ali Warsame, a Somali refugee who gained residency in the United States in 2016, but is re-assessing his new life now that Donald Trump is president.

While in a detention camp in Ukraine, Ali was told he’d be moving to the US through the United Nations refugee resettlement programme. Ali remembers getting the official notification on Eid Day in 2013: “In my life, I never thought that I will be in the USA,” he says, because many others before him had been rejected.

He moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2013 and began a new life with his housemates, Prince and Sadik, who had had their own difficult and dangerous journeys getting there.

Ali describes his hopes and dreams of being reunited with his family, while revealing glimpses of his time in Ukraine where he was forced to spend three years before reaching the US. Having travelled illegally through Africa and eastern Europe, Ali was finally able to travel legally to “the land of opportunity”.

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