Garcia-Navarro, Lulu. "Somali Refugee Abdi Nor Iftin: 'I Am Here To Make America Great'." NPR, June 10, 2018.
"I was six years old when the civil war started, militias started pouring into the city, and death and killings and torture, and I just cried. The smell of Mogadishu, it was just the smell of gunpowder. And that had been sticking with me forever ... I think this is the most touching memory that I can remember, to have our youngest sister die, and we said, "Good. That is so easy for her," and then I was jealous. I was jealous because that was the time when our feet were swollen, our bellies were empty. It was a feeling that you could die any time ... and I looked at my other sister, and she was just eating sand. And I think that's the stories that people don't hear about."
Amanpour, Christiane. "Fleeing Violence and Chasing the American Dream." CNN.
Back in Somalia, Abdi's love of America earned him the moniker "Abdi the American." He shares the treacherous journey it took to get him to the U.S., chronicled in his book "Call me American."
Constantineau, Jane. "Call Me American: A Memoir." New York Journal of Books, June 19, 2018.
Told simply and well, Iftin’s story explains the incredible bravery and hope necessary to live in the crosshairs of war and to find a way out.
Smith, Frank. "Against tremendous odds, Abdi Nor Iftin made it from war-ravaged Somalia to America." Portland Press Herald, July 18, 2018.
"My parents spent most of their early marriage walking through the bush with their herds, remembering places by the trees. They walked miles every day into no-man’s territory. No one stopped them or asked who they were [ . . . ] In some ways the nomadic life is more like life in America than the way Somalis live in cities. In the bush Somali men and women work together, talk freely with each other, and even play games together.