Born in Somalia, I came to Canada as an immigrant Feb 8, 1991. Raised in the privilaged position of being the youngest of family of seven by great parents, I had never imagined myself as nothing but a writer. I had my first novella, Amran, serialized in the October Star, the Somali daily National News Paper, when I was fifteen.

However,  upon arriving Canada, it was clear to me that my dream will have to be on hold. Since I didn't speak English, I had to not only learn the language, but I had to gain enough skills to earn a function and earn a living in my new country.  However, as a new immigrant, with two children left behind in the war torn country, and one on the way, it was not time to dream. It was time to do the hard work. From learning the English language, to obtaining a university degree with Honours in English Literature and Language. Although becoming a single mother of five children didn't help the matter, to this day it remains the most rewarding job I had ever done. I have five beautiful adult children that are a great gift not only to me, but to our nation as whole.

Now I am finally here to write, to share and to grow.

Fartumo Kusow


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