In this opinion piece, UNICEF USA promoter, model, and previous Somali exile, Hamdia Ahmed discloses why there should be more prominent help for displaced people in the United States this World Refugee Day, particularly given our current sociopolitical atmosphere.
Before I moved to the United States in 2005, all I truly knew was the exile camp in Dadaab, Kenya, where I grew up — and that being said, the idea of “home” was entangled. My mom was nine months pregnant with me when she and my four kin fled Somalia and strolled 370 miles by walking looking for wellbeing. I was brought into the world most of the way into that venture, and at that time, I likewise turned into an outcast.
When I recall the initial seven years of my life, I recollect a ton of dread and injury, however I realize that those emotions go further back than my memory permits. Numerous families didn’t endure that venture, with youngsters and grown-ups excessively wiped out or depleted to continue onward, and others kicking the bucket all the while. A few ladies asked my mom to desert me when they learned she’d quite recently brought forth me. My mom demanded that she cherished her youngsters more than anything and kept us five kin together.
The creator and her mom. Politeness of Hamdia Ahmed
Indeed, even once we made it to the exile camp in Kenya, life was hard. My folks worked resolutely inside the outcast camp to accommodate my kin and me, yet still, assets were constrained outside of the guide we got from UNICEF and different associations. Be that as it may, everything changed when I was 7, the year my family and I were given authorization by the U.S. government to resettle in the United States. As I glance back around then, I’m helped to remember the importance behind my name, Hamdia — Somali for “favoring.”