Green Card Voices VOICE FOR REFUGE Book Event with author ZAYNAB ABDI

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 producer, storyteller, and educator, Muna Scekomar!

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.

To Attend:

This event is free and open to the public. Seating will be available on a first-come first-served basis. Masks are encouraged.

Signing Guidelines:

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.



Muna Scekomar is a producer, storyteller and educator. Her passions lies in empowering women to take charge of their own narrative in the media and teaching the Quran to adults who have lost touch with it. Muna is working towards creating a beautiful merger between her two passions by creating programs that tell stories through the lens of the Quran. A prime example of the type of programming Muna produces is "The Digital Sisterhood". A podcast that tells the stories of Muslim women and their journeys through life. Through her company, Beautiful Light Studios, we can anticipate many more creative programming for audiences globally.



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.





Voice for Refuge By Zaynab Abdi, Achraf Attar (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Zaynab Abdi, Achraf Attar (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781949523256
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Green Card Voices - May 2nd, 2023

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.

Our Stories Carried Us Here By Tea Rozman (Editor), Julie Vang (Editor), Tom Kaczynski (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tea Rozman (Editor), Julie Vang (Editor), Tom Kaczynski (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781949523225
Availability: Usually Ships from Wholesaler in 1-5 Days
Published: Green Card Voices - September 6th, 2022

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