I was first introduced to Abdi Nor Iftin’s story through “This American Life.” The episode, called “Abdi and the Golden Ticket,” chronicled his experience fleeing war and violence in Somalia, only to end up ending up in one of Kenya’s poorest slums. Abdi’s greatest dream was to become an American, and after years of trying, he beat all odds and was given a U.S. visa through a lottery system. The episode ended when Abdi landed in America, here in Maine. He’s since wrote a book, named “Call Me American” which will be released in June. To accompany an excerpt from his book in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, I photographed Abdi at his home here in Maine.
Read the excerpt here.
All images © Greta Rybus for the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine