Edhabo hasn’t seen her home since 1991 as she was forced to flee Mogadishu due to the war. In Somalia, she had witnessed people getting killed and houses broken into and bombed.
Her family fled to different destinations and got separated from one another. Over 25 years, Edhabo travelled to Mombasa, then to a refugee camp in Kakuma and finally to Nairobi.
In Kenya, she cleaned and worked at small businesses to be able to support herself.
Despite all the challenges that have marked her life, Edhabo chooses to remain positive. “I decided not to think about what I’m going through because I know I will be okay in the future,” she said on the day she was finally leaving Kenya to be resettled in America.
“When I get to America, I don’t want to have to rely on someone. I want to find a job, maybe at a shopping mall, and pay my taxes.”
Her items packed for Wisconsin include cold-weather clothing, but, more importantly, clothes that are suitable to begin a new career.
Photo credits: IOM/Muse Mohammed