My sister Amal is truly the light of my life. Although she is 12 years younger than I, she has taught me how to love and cherish living. On most days she's is the silver lining to my life. I started taking pictures right around the time she was 3 years old.
The day after I graduated from college, I boarded a plane to Northern Somalia. The move was not anticipated, but rather accepted, as if I simply traded one country for another. I teach geography to children. Pointing to a globe, I say “Hello, I’m A——-, and I’m from Minnesota. America.” I trace the ocean with my finger: I was there; now I’m here. “Minnesota has a lot of lakes.” I don’t pretend to be more than I am.