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Call Me American

Abdi Nor Iftin first fell in love with America from afar As a child he learned English by listening to American pop artist Studying Political Science I spent many hours learning about unsuccessful peacekeeping operations and failed states The ultimate example Somalia a country shaken by war terrorism and ever changing tribal conflicts so violent and complicated that it makes you feel desperate reading scientific texts about it and they are of course rather detached in language Abdi Nor Iftin was born in Somalia and lived through all of this and his impressive memoir is so powerful not only because he writes in a very sober language that has great narrative force but also because of his perseverance While people around him were brutally murdered and his home country blasted and shot to ruins many others lost faith and were mentally destroyed which seems unsurprising regarding what they had to experience but Iftin somehow managed to fight on trying to survive to escape hunger and religious indoctrination and ultimately to flee Somalia But his point is clearly not to portray himself as a hero but to stand up for all Somali refugees who often have to endure discrimination and are freuently neglected and overlooked by the international community Somalia is a relatively small 19th biggest in Africa poor country which is mostly portrayed as a harbour for terrorists and pirates But there are millions of people in and from Somalia who just want to live in peace Abdi Nor Iftin is one of them Most of the book tells the story of the multiple conflicts and their repercussions during the reign of Siad Barre the Civil war and the rise of Al Shabaab including the reasons for the success of the terror organization After fleeing from a drought in the rural areas Iftin and his family lived in Magodishu where the author was known as Abdi American due to his love for Western culture and his self taught ability to speak English and it were these exact things that made him a target for the radical Islamists But would the country of his dreams grant him entrance and save his life?This is such a moving and informative book it achieves everything that the celebrated Small Country tries to do Highly recommended And if you are interested in Iftin's take on the current President of the country he loves read his article President Trump Betrayed My American Dream in Time Magazine

SUMMARY Call Me American

Dishu to take on the warlords Abdi cheered the arrival of these real Americans who seemed as heroic as those of the movies In the dictionary as a definition to the word optimist should be Abdi Nor Iftin's photograph He grew up in Somalia where he learned English by watching American movies Arnold Schwartzenegger? and listening to American music Michael Jackson He taught American to his friends and family Once war breaks out in his homeland he decides it is time for his dream to move to America and become a citizen His first step was to escape to Kenya where time and time again law enforcement shake down Abdi and his brother taking their cash instead of detaining them on a trumped the author was horrified when the 2016 election results were known up chargesThankfully he had made contact with some powerful people in the US and out who couldn't always ease his way but there were many rooting for himWonderful narrator too Recommend Recommend Recommend

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S like Michael Jackson and watching films starring action heroes like Arnold Schwarzenegger When US marines landed in Moga Growing up in war torn Somalia Abdi Nor Iftin narrowly escaped death than a few times Watching American movies provided a source of comfort to him and it's how he was able to learn English But in 2006 Islamic extremists come to power and Western culture influences are not only banned but could have deadly conseuences for Abdi With the help of strangers who have been captivated by Abdi sharing his experiences on NPR and the Internet he is able to flee to Kenya and eventually finds his way to America via the visa lottery But does the land of the free meet Abdi's expectations?I feel like whatever I write in this review won't do this book justice I really hope this book finds an audience because Abdi's life story is incredible and one worth reading I read memoirs freuently including ones that take place in war torn countries and I would place this book among the very best I have read in the genre It took me on a roller coaster of emotions His descriptions of his life growing up are heartbreaking but through it all his spirit somehow remains unbreakable I can't say enough good things about this book and it's one I highly recommendThank you First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy I was under no obligation to post a review and all views considered are my honest opinion


About the Author: Abdi Nor Iftin

When the civil war in Somalia began Abdi Nor Iftin was five; he and his brother becamethe sole providers for the family while they also attended a madrassa Amidst the dailyshelling and the famine Abdi had one escape American movies and music Call Me PDF or Atneighborhood showings of Rambo Commando and The Terminator Abdi learned ofAmerica and taught himself English and began to dream of a life in the U.



10 thoughts on “Call Me American

  1. says:

    Studying Political Science I spent many hours learning about unsuccessful peacekeeping operations and failed states The ultimate example Somalia a country shaken by war terrorism and ever changing tribal conflicts so violent and complicated that it makes you feel desperate reading scientific texts about it and they are of course rather detached in language Abdi Nor Iftin was born in Somalia and lived through all of this and his impressive memoir is so powerful not only because he writes in a very sober language that has great narrative force but also because of his perseverance While people around him were brutally murdered and his home country blasted and shot to ruins many others lost faith and were mentally destroyed which seems unsurprising regarding what they had to experience but Iftin somehow managed to fight on trying to survive to escape hunger and religious indoctrination and ultimately to flee Somalia But his point is clearly not to portray himself as a hero but to stand up for all Somali refugees who often have to endure discrimination and are freuently neglected and overlooked by the international community Somalia is a relatively small 19th biggest in Africa poor country which is mostly portrayed as a harbour for terrorists and pirates But there are millions of people in and from Somalia who just want to live in peace Abdi Nor Iftin is one of them Most of the book tells the story of the multiple conflicts and their repercussions during the reign of Siad Barre the Civil war and the rise of Al Shabaab including the reasons for the success of the terror organization After fleeing from a drought in the rural areas Iftin and his family lived in Magodishu where the author was known as Abdi American due to his love for Western culture and his self taught ability to speak English and it were these exact things that made him a target for the radical Islamists But would the country of his dreams grant him entrance and save his life?This is such a moving and informative book it achieves everything that the celebrated Small Country tries to do Highly recommended And if you are interested in Iftin's take on the current President of the country he loves read his article President Trump Betrayed My American Dream in Time Magazine


  2. says:

    A page turner of a book Whether speaking of his upbringing in rural Somalia or in Mogadishu and then later joining his brother in Nairobi Kenya you are mesmerized by this autobiographyAbdi Nor Iftin became a fan of American movies – the action kind – in his teenage years in Mogadishu From his avid watching he gradually started to learn English – mind you many of the expressions he picked up were from “The Terminator” type of movies – so you can guess some of the expressions He became a simultaneous translator during movie presentations in a small house in Mogadishu where these movies were shown on the sly At that time Mogadishu was occupied by different warring clans Life was beyond stressful and Abdi was pulled into many different directions He had an Islamic upbringing and was tutored in the uran at a mosue where the Iman freuently beat his students and proclaimed that Western culture was sinful so movies music independent women as in women singing and dancing all were forbidden and disdainedAbdi moved warily between these two opposing ways of life but really preferred the movies over attending the strict mosue where the Iman yelled at and beat his students for not properly memorizing passages from the uranPage 96 my book When Said Barre’s government in Mogadishu fell the citizens stormed into the government arms stockpile There were guns in the city than people There was ammunition than food It became a thing to own a gun to save your life Most people slept with a loaded AK 47 sitting next to themThere are searing descriptions of life in Mogadishu where Abdi is constantly under violent threat and where searching for food to overcome hunger was a daily task The author leaves his mother and sister in Mogadishu for fear of being recruited in al Shabaab and goes to join his brother in Nairobi Kenya Life is no picnic there as he settles with his brother in an enclave in Nairobi known as “Little Mogadishu” The Kenyan police constantly round up Somalians and extract bribes from them – otherwise they will be beaten The level of harassment increases on Somalians when al Shabaab starts to target and terrorize different areas of Kenya and NairobiAfter many types of applications and interviews Abdi manages to get a green card to go to the United States in a lottery process where he is luckily randomly selected He enters the United States and it would be nice to say that all his dreams come true He gets a lot of help from American people from the contacts he made in Mogadishu and Nairobi this is where his English language skills helped tremendously Abdi adapts and struggles to adjust to his dreamThis is a beautifully written memoir and you always feel the positive vibrations emanating from Abdi no matter how low his situation becomes particularly during the tough years in Mogadishu It should be noted that only a small portion of the book at the end is devoted to his new life in the United States


  3. says:

    Phenomenal this has to be one of the best memoirs I've ever read A riveting account of life in war torn Somalia even if memoirs aren't usually your thing I'd implore as many readers as possible to read Abdi's story


  4. says:

    In his Call Me American A Memoir Abdi Nor Iftin provides an indispensable and elouent addition to the canon of American immigrant literature Iftin adroitly relates his story of growing up in Mogadishu with parents forced to abandon their beloved nomadic life Applying his intelligence ingenuity and curiosity Iftin teaches himself English and American cultural tropes through watching American movies ”My passion for American was ignited by Arnold Schwarzenegger” Iftin becomes known in Mogadishu as “the American” intermittently scrapes together a living by teaching English and survives years of brutal civil wars Through perseverance good luck and support from a small group of American and British journalists aid workers and physicians Iftin wends his way from Somalia to Uganda to Kenya and eventually the United States Call Me American is an inspirational memoir which shows the United States as the beacon for immigrants that it once was ”Every time I tell my story I am reminded how lucky I am to be here” Tragically Iftin’s monumental memoir may be the last of its kind


  5. says:

    My future was a mystery but at least I was leaving hell forever from Call Me American by Abdi Nor IftinAbdi's Somalian parents were nomadic herders of camel and goats His mother bore battle scars from the large cats she fought while protecting her herd In 1977 drought left his parents with no option but to go to the city of Mogadishu His father found work as a manual laborer before he became a successful basketball star When Abdi was born in 1985 his family was living a comfortable lifeAlso in 1977 Somalia and Ethiopia went to war marking the beginning of decades long military and political instability Clan warfare arose with warlords ruling MogadishuBy the time Abdi was six years old the city had become a war zone and his family had lost everything had fled the city Existence became a search for safety with starvation and the threat of death their constant companionsCall Me American is Abdi's story of how he survived Abdi tells of years of horror and fear yet there is no anger or self pity in his telling He and his brother Hassam used their wiles to provide their mother with the necessities of water and a little maize and milk for mealsWhen Abdi discovered American movies and music and culture he fell in love with America and by imitating the culture in the movies became Abdi American He envisioned a life of personal freedom He taught himself English and then educated others He was discovered by NPR's This American Life and he sent them secret dispatches about his lifeAfter radical Islamists took power anything Western was outlawed Abdi was punished if he grew his hair too long and had to hide his boom box and music that once provided entertainment at weddings His girlfriend had to wear a burka and they could no longer walk the sandy beach hand in handKnowing he faced the choice of death or joining the radical Islamic militia Abdi pursued every option to come to America The process is complicated and few are accepted He fled Somalia to join his brother at a Kenyan refugee camp where his brother had gone years beforeAbdi had his NPR contacts and even letters from seven US Senators including Senator Stabenow and Senator Peters from my home state of Michigan but was turned down Miraculously Abdi was a diversity immigrant lottery winner The reuired papers were a struggle to obtain when they existed at all He had to bribe police and transport to get to the airport He was 'adopted' by an American family but had to learn the culture and find employment After several years Abdi found work as a Somali English translator and is now in law schoolI read this during the Fourth of July week I don't think anything else could have impressed on me the privileged and protected life I have enjoyed America has its problems and when Abdi wins the green card lottery and completes the complicated process necessary to come to America he sees them first handI am thankful for the personal freedoms I have enjoyed I have never had to sleep in a dirt hole in the ground for protection or worried that by flushing the toilet soldiers would discover me and force me into the militia No teacher ever strung me up by the wrists and whipped me I never dodged bullets to get a bucket of waterI could go onSomalia is one of the countries that Trump included in the immigration ban Had Abdi not escaped when he did he would not have been allowed to come to AmericaI am here to make America great I did not come here to take anything I came here to contribute and to offer and to give Abdi Nor Iftin in NPR interviewI won a book from the publisher in a giveaway


  6. says:

    Growing up in war torn Somalia Abdi Nor Iftin narrowly escaped death than a few times Watching American movies provided a source of comfort to him and it's how he was able to learn English But in 2006 Islamic extremists come to power and Western culture influences are not only banned but could have deadly conseuences for Abdi With the help of strangers who have been captivated by Abdi sharing his experiences on NPR and the Internet he is able to flee to Kenya and eventually finds his way to America via the visa lottery But does the land of the free meet Abdi's expectations?I feel like whatever I write in this review won't do this book justice I really hope this book finds an audience because Abdi's life story is incredible and one worth reading I read memoirs freuently including ones that take place in war torn countries and I would place this book among the very best I have read in the genre It took me on a roller coaster of emotions His descriptions of his life growing up are heartbreaking but through it all his spirit somehow remains unbreakable I can't say enough good things about this book and it's one I highly recommendThank you First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy I was under no obligation to post a review and all views considered are my honest opinion


  7. says:

    can't remember the last time a book made me cry this hard maybe bridge to terabithia ? I went all day after reading this book It's harrowing to be reminded that life is so hard for so many people Abdi gets a magic ticket that saves him from war violence and oppression an American visa I can relate He won the life lottery and it makes me so sad that so many people have to leave their home country just to feel safe Everyone should read this book and we should all work to do something about this


  8. says:

    This memoir tells the story of Abdi Iftin affectionately known as Abdi American who survives several civil wars in Somalia and comes to emigrate to America through grit perseverance and a little bit of luck This book was extremely graphic in the way it described the horrors Abdi and his family faced in addition to being subject to extreme poverty and abuse at the hand of his schoolteacher It also contained some interesting tidbits such as how one little boy from his neighborhood ended up fleeing Somalia to become a breakout star in the Tom Hanks' film Captain PhillipsOne of my gripes with this book is it tended to drag on during certain parts of his story I found myself uickly skimming through certain paragraphs that I felt didn't add anything new or relevant to his life story Also I was left feeling unsatisfied with the last chapter in the book There were some unanswered uestions that would have wrapped up the story nicely For example what happened with Abdi and Fatuma? Overall I would recommend this book to read if you're interested in learning about the conditions people in Somalia faced during their civil wars from a firsthand perspective I received this ARC from Random House Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review


  9. says:

    In the dictionary as a definition to the word optimist should be Abdi Nor Iftin's photograph He grew up in Somalia where he learned English by watching American movies Arnold Schwartzenegger? and listening to American music Michael Jackson He taught American to his friends and family Once war breaks out in his homeland he decides it is time for his dream to move to America and become a citizen His first step was to escape to Kenya where time and time again law enforcement shake down Abdi and his brother taking their cash instead of detaining them on a trumped the author was horrified when the 2016 election results were known up chargesThankfully he had made contact with some powerful people in the US and out who couldn't always ease his way but there were many rooting for himWonderful narrator too Recommend Recommend Recommend


  10. says:

    Call Me American A Memior by Abdi Nor Iftin did a number on me I felt for Abdi and what his family went through and might still be going through The world can be so tiring at times sighThis Memior is about Abdi who grew up in Somalia which is in constant war We get a first hand account what it is like living in a country that is constantly at war The hopelessness in this book was palatable At one point the author described that his brother felt so hopeless he had to leave The book covers Abdi's life before and after he won entrance to the US in the annual visa lottery and was granted a green card This book is heavy and laced with violence and hopelessness It will make you uestion humanity and where we went wrong but it is also reuired reading


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