Watch: This documentary covers the incredible journal of a woman who is about to become the first Somali-American elected to an American legislature

The series about the true stories of American immigrants is being produced by America Ferrera. A survivor of Somalia’s civil war, Ilhan spent four trying years in a Kenyan refugee camp before moving to the United States with her family at age 12. Her story only gets more inspiring from there.

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There is no such thing as Somalian 😡

You gon learn today…
So some people like to call me Somalian, let me just break it down for ya real quick.

Country = Somalia
Ethnic group = Somali
Nationality = Somali
Language = Somali

Somalian = Some alien 
Somali = a member of a dope ass group of people inhabiting the Horn of Africa

There is no such thing as “Somalian”

And to all the people who give me side eye when I correct them like “it’s no big deal” Yes it is. This is part of my identity and I’ll be damn if you go around calling us something else because you do not want to take the time to learn what what we call ourselves.

Shit I dont go around calling German ppl Germanians or Germish.

You get the point right? Good.

Beace and bariis✌

I think the most painful realisation comes when you find that you cannot speak your mother tongue as well as you do the language of the land where you grew up. My English is evidence of this. When something as simple as a colour, or the name of an animal in your mother tongue leaves you dumb. Yesterday I could not find the world for ‘turtle’ in Somali, only after my mother reminded me, did I recall knowing it.

We betray our mother tongues, for the languages of nations who will never fully accept us. We let the strangeness infest our mouths until we forget how to accommodate our original tongues.

—  mother tongue, Farah Gabdon