Safiya Khalid came to the US in 2005 from the Hagadara refugee camp in Kenya. She, her mother and two younger brothers fled Kismaya, Somalia due to war and civil unrest.
Sixteen years later, Safiya is a Lewiston City Councilor (Ward 1) and Community Resource Coordinator at Gateway Community Services. She holds a BA from USM in Psychology and is also a graduate of the Emerge Maine program to help women organize and run for office.
World Refugee Day is June 20, 2020 and Safiya understands what the issues are for immigrant families who have lived with feet in both worlds. For more information on Maine's refugees click here.
Music: "Waving Flag" by K'naan.