Abdi Nor Iftin

Abdi lives in Portland, Maine, where he works as an interpreter for Somalis who have immigrated to the state.

Associated Press/Photo by Lynne Sladky

Just like in the movies

Books | When the Mareekans came to Mogadishu
by Abdi Nor Iftin
Posted 11/09/19, 09:20 am

Abdi Nor Iftin’s Call Me American is the inspiring autobiography of a Somali refugee who loved Western dance moves and became known as “Abdi American.” After many tribulations, his desire to work hard and willingness to take risks eventually bore fruit with him obtaining a visa to live in the United States. Here’s an excerpt, courtesy of Vintage, chronicling Iftin’s first encounter with Americans in the flesh. Call Me American made WORLD’s short list for 2018 Book of the Year in the Understanding America category. —Marvin Olasky

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