Best essays of 2017: Danger in my belly: I know where Donald Trump’s tribal rhetoric can lead

Published by SALON

I came to America as a refugee from Somalia. I know what happens when a group of people is labeled as a threat… Read More

The “good pirates” of Somalia

Published by SALON

My father’s hometown of Eyl, Somalia, was once a pirate’s haven. I sat down with an ex-pirate to learn why… Read More

I used to be a number in a refugee camp. In America I became a person

Published by THE GUARDIAN

I lived among 30,000 refugees in Kenya, surrounded by death and decay. When we had the chance to leave, we didn’t look… Read More

Home No More

Published by KENNEDY SCHOOL REVIEW

I stood in the fourth-floor lounge at Cambridge Innovation Center, my gaze switching back and forth between the… Read More

Somali-Born Writer Boyah Farah Blasts Trump Ban on Refugees From His Country (Transcript)

Published by TRUTH DIG

A girl holds a Somali flag during a 2016 Somali Independence Day street fair in… Read More

Fear, Giddiness and Surrealism: My Long Journey to Grub Street

Published by GRUB STREET

My mind has been humming with thoughts of writing a memoir about Somalia’s… Read More

A gaze of a woman. A pose of a man. Words Made You (Poem)

Published by THE SOMERVILLE TIMES

Glances between them. Partly gray and partly blue sky.

An invisible aroma of flowers in the… Read More