The Abdi's, a Somali family, came to Minnesota on a halloween night in 2003. Like many other Somali immigrants in the Diaspora, the Abdi's left Somalia during the Somali civil war in 1990.
Like many other immigrants, the Abdi family went through a three stage process before settling in Minnesota. The three stages include pre-departure and departure, transit, and resettlement. Most migration stories focus on the resettlement phase. The transit phase has been the least documented phase of migration. This project captures the transit experiences of the Abdi family from Kenya to Minnesota.
For videos of the Abdi family's transit experience click on the links below.
The day the Abdi family left Kenya
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The airport in Kenya
What do you remember while at the airport in Kenya?.mov
Arriving in the United States/Minneapolis
What do you remember about your last layover from Chicago to Minneapolis?.mov