Abdi Nor Iftin

9/22/2018 | Washington Hall

Readings & Lectures Capitol Hill/Central District

Abdi Nor Iftin was just six years old when civil war consumed his country, forcing his family to flee. As they eked by in a dangerous slum in Kenya, Abdi nurtured a dream of moving to the U.S., teaching himself English on an endless diet of American movies. Then—as recounted in “Abdi’s Golden Ticket” on WBEZ’s This American Life—he got his wish. In conversation with Somali-American filmmaker and storyteller Fathia Absie, Abdi joins us on Town Hall’s stage to share his story. He details how, against incredible odds, he won a spot in the U.S. green card lottery (or, officially, the Diversity Visa Program).


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