In 1991, at the height of the Somali civil war, twelve-year-old Abdi Warsame ran for his life through the streets of Mogadishu.
In a ﬂash, his legs were paralyzed and his cousin killed. With his country literally falling apart around him, Abdi had little hope for recovery.
But, with his faith, his family, and his indomitable spirit, Abdi pursued every available route for a better life.
Because of his father’s tireless endurance to see his son healed, Abdi and his father eventually immigrated to America—a place that would present its own particular challenges but would also provide Abdi a path toward independence and success.
Always Rolling Forward reveals the power of hope in all places and in all circumstances.
Targeted Age Group:: any age
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The inspiration to write this book was my unusual life's story of trials and triumphs.
Hope for my rescue faded as quickly as the Mogadishu dusk turned dark. Even the cats in our city knew that anything moving at night was fair game for target practice. It didn’t
matter if you backed Barre’s regime or fought for the revolution. The lack of lights—a glaring sign of our crumbling infrastructure—only highlighted the immense darkness that fell on the city as night descended.
When are all blind, all are enemies.
Minutes earlier, the civil war that had so damaged our country had made its indelible and lifelong mark on me. I didn’t realize it in the moment, but the rocket that killed my
cousin and sent me flying had also paralyzed me.
I was twelve.
Though the revolution would end months later, my personal war had just begun.
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