a book review by Jane Constantineau: Call Me American: A MemoirHis love of American language and culture served as an escape from the violent chaos around him. Eventually, this passion triggered a remarkable series of events that led to his actual escape to America. Pregnant, with three small children in tow, she soothed their bloody feet with the chewed leaves of a native plant. Dehydrated and close to starvation, the family trudged passed dogs feasting on human bodies. Out of options, they returned to the city still under siege.
Call Me American: A Memoir
Thank you! Born to extreme poverty in in war-torn Somalia, Iftin chronicles the extraordinary obstacles he overcame to obtain residency in the United States. They had never heard of the U. Amid a seemingly hopeless life filled with daily study of the Quran and corporal punishment from teachers if the memorization was less than perfect, a preteen Iftin became a combination of dreamer for a better life and street hustler to supply his family with scraps of food. He found a way into a ramshackle video store, where he violated Muslim tenets to view American movies, painstakingly repeating phrases to himself to learn English. The author reached a fetid refugee camp in Kenya and was able to obtain a visa to enter the U. Explaining how Iftin reached the U.
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Abdi Nor Iftin was 6 years old when civil war broke out in Somalia, his home country. Violence and uncertainty became constants in his life. Another constant was Mr. Iftin details his harrowing childhood in Somalia, his escape to Kenya and his ultimate move to America. He now lives in Portland, Me. When did you first get the idea to write this book? I realized there was a lot of media interest in my story after I won the U.
Rate this book. Book Reviewed by: Cynthia C. Scott Buy This Book. The incredible true story of a boy living in war-torn Somalia who escapes to America--first by way of the movies; years later, through a miraculous green card. Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar. As a child, he learned English by listening to American pop artists like Michael Jackson and watching films starring action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger. When U.
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