Wild Rumpus is so pleased to welcome back Green Card Voices as they celebrate the release of Our Stories Carried Us Here: VOICE FOR REFUGE by author Zaynab Abdi! She will be joined in conversation with fellow author, Mariam Mohamed!
Zaynab Abdi, emerging global leader, chronicles her journey, from Somalia to Yemen and Egypt, and ultimately the United States. Her graphic memoir, illustrated by Achraf El-Attar, is told in both English and Arabic.
Zaynab was born in Somalia and raised by her grandmother in Yemen, where they experienced a simple but beautiful life before unrest came to the country. Follow Zaynab as she flees to Egypt with her sister. Feel the love she is greeted with in America when she joins her mother and two sisters she has never met. Watch her grow as an advocate as she takes on the leadership opportunities within high school and university. Upon meeting Malala Yousafzai, and speaking at the United Nations, she becomes a voice for refuge.
This event is free and open to the public. Seating will be available on a first-come first-served basis. Masks are encouraged.
Following the event, Zaynab Abdi will be available to sign copies of her book. If you are unable to attend but would still like a signed copy, you may order a copy from this page and we will ship after the event, or hold it behind the counter for local pickup. Please note in your order any personalization requests and we will do our best to accommodate. Orders must be placed by 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 11th to guarantee signed copies.
Zaynab Abdi is a storyteller and emerging global leader. From her contribution to Green Card Voices, Minneapolis to a chapter in Malala’s We are Displaced, her story of perseverance and the pursuit of opportunities for others has inspired all who have encountered her words. Zaynab has shared her experiences and insights about girls education as a Malala Fund delegate addressing the United Nations General Assembly. She continues to work with the United Nations Development Program as a Strategy and Futures Fellow, with Reviving Sisterhood, a Muslim story telling, leadership development and civic engagement organization, and with Green Card Voices as an Immigrant and Refugee Youth Ambassador.
From the very young age of 7, Mariam Mohamed has made it known to anyone who would listen, that one day she would become either a school teacher or a children’s book author. She couldn’t decide so she chose to pursue both careers.
Growing up, Mariam realized finding books with a protagonist that resembled her was quite the mission. Encouraged and inspired by her senior year English teacher in high school, she then decided to write her own children’s books. Mariam is currently a fourth-grade school teacher in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is inspired and encouraged daily by her own students to write books that they can relate to as well.
She writes for children who feel they might not have a voice in children’s books. All children deserve to be heard despite their background, economic status, religion, gender, or overall appearance.
About the Publisher: Green Card Voices: Green Card Voices (GCV) is a Minneapolis-based, nationally growing social enterprise that works to record and share personal narratives of America’s immigrants to facilitate a better understanding between immigrants and their communities. GCV was born from the idea that the broad narrative of current immigrants should be communicated in a way that is true to each immigrant’s story. They seek to be a new lens for those in the immigration dialogue and build a bridge between immigrants and their community—from across the country. They do this by sharing first-person immigration stories of foreign-born Americans and helping others see the “wave of immigrants” as individuals, with interesting stories of family, hard work, and cultural diversity.
Zaynab Abdi chronicles her journey from Somalia to Yemen and ultimately the United States, where she shares a stage with Malala and becomes a voice for refuge. Her graphic memoir is told in both English and Arabic.