Born in Somalia, I came to Canada as an immigrant on Feb 8, 1991. Raised in the privileged position of being the youngest of a family of seven with great parents, I had never imagined myself as anything but a writer. I had my first novella, Amran, serialized in October Star, the Somali daily national newspaper when I was fifteen.

However,  upon arriving in Canada, I realized my dream would have to be placed 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 living in my new country.  As a new immigrant, with two children left behind in a war-torn country, and one on the way, it was not time to dream. It was time to do the hard work of learning the English language and getting 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 my most rewarding job. I have five beautiful adult children that are a great gift to me.

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

Fartumo Kusow


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