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Abdi Farah holds his one year-old son, Khalid

The New Americans series is written, recorded and produced by Bria Dolnick.

Abdi Farah was four years old when he walked to Kenya with his younger brother. Unable to return to Somalia because of the violent civil war, he grew up in a refugee camp along the border. These days, he’s a sophomore at the University of Arizona, studying political science. Independent radio producer Bria Dolnick talked with Abdi about the limited choices available to him in refugee camps and the path that led him to Tucson—a hot place like where he is from.

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Who is Bria Dolnick?

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Bria Dolnick currently works as a refugee/school liaison for the Arizona Refugee Resettlement Program, and she is a graduate student in the University of Arizona's Language, Reading, and Culture department. She learned much about making audio documentaries studying at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies, interning at Chicago Public Radio, and tinkering around a bunch. Bria grew up in Chicago and studied political science at Beloit College. She currently lives in Tucson with her boyfriend, cat, chickens, and honey bees. You can listen to some of her other stories at prx.org.