A number of Kenyan refugees have chosen to live with the idea that no human being is limited, establishing themselves in society and even building empires in countries abroad.
Their stories even made international headlines by telling their stories, unfiltered.
Here are some Kenyan refugees who have made the decision to turn the tide of their lives:
She is a Somali-Norwegian model, who now works with Vogue Scandinavia as the main fashion publisher. Her story began in a Kenyan refugee camp, where she spent her childhood with her ten brothers.
Rawdah Mohamed Editor Vogue Scandinavia
Rawdah found herself in the camp following the civil war that had hit Somalia hard. The first hijab-wearing color editor of a western fashion magazine recalled living in a refugee camp in a one-room tent with an outside toilet and wood-fired cooking .
The 29-year-old model, known for her street fashion, said her biggest highlight at the camp was the Eid festival, where she was allowed to purchase a dress that she could show from tent to tent.
She became a celebrity after the French government announced plans to ban the hijab to women under the age of 18. His response went viral across all social media platforms. Her response was just a simple selfie with “Hands off my hijab” written on her propped up palm that later became a global campaign.
His campaign garnered much needed attention that helped him land a prestigious role with Vogue.
Hussen like many other refugees living in appalling conditions in a camp in Kenya. His parents were forced to leave Somalia due to the country’s political instability.
After spending time in the country, he established a network that allowed him to leave the camp by living in different streets and apartments while trying to settle in the capital of Kenya. Unfortunately, things did not go the way he wanted, as he even struggled more in Nairobi.
At the age of 16, his breakthrough came when he found the opportunity to travel to Canada. While in this country miles from home, he studied law and became an advisor to former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
On October 26, Hussen was unveiled as minister at a swearing-in ceremony in Ottawa, the nation’s capital. He was tasked with turning around the Canadian housing sector after being appointed Minister of Housing, Diversity and Inclusion.
Previously, he held Cabinet positions as Minister of Immigration and Social Development under the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau.
Hussen has been in active politics since 2015 and represents York South Weston in the House of Commons.
Abdimaik Hashi’s journey to stardom embodied a lot of determination and shattered the glass ceiling to reach the proverbial brass ring.
Hashi spent more than eight years in a Kenyan camp after his mother and sister fled Kismayo in Somalia. The later life-changing incident occurred in 1992, when her family was forced to walk for more than two months before being taken to Kenya as a refugee.
Her family was forced to endure all the harsh conditions in the camp until the age of 8, when they were given a rare opportunity and were transferred to Kentucky in the United States of America ( United) through the United States Refugee Resettlement Program.
Hashi and his family then settled in Minnesota where he studied at St. John’s University and decided to join military courts in order to pay his tuition fees.
His rise through the ranks of the US military has even helped him tell his story of courage and zeal inspiring other refugees. Currently, Hashi is looking forward to joining the 186th Brigade Support Battalion, the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team for overseas deployment.
The story of Adut Akech is so moving but with a happy ending. She was born when her mother was fleeing the skirmishes in South Sudan to seek asylum in Kakuma camp in Kenya.
Akech’s mother was granted asylum in Australia after being a refugee in Kenya for eight years. Akech’s modeling career began at the age of 16 after being hired by a major modeling agency.
It was then that she began to write new chapters in her life and that of her family. On September 6, the 21-year-old model shocked the world by spending over Ksh300million to buy a mansion in the United States.
In 2018, she started changing her mother’s life by giving her a dream home with a car, fulfilling the promise she made growing up and seeing the hardships they went through moving from one place to another. country to country.
Besides simple modeling, other leading organizations have used its prowess and success to reach out to others currently in difficulty or in similar vulnerable situations.
She has previously given a speech at United Nations (UN) Headquarters about being a refugee and has inspired young people with her modeling experiences as a dark-skinned person.
Augustine Sarafino, now a prominent musician in the United States, has roots in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Sarafino, unlike the others, was actually born in the camp. He lived it all throughout his youth before having the opportunity to go to the United States.
Abdimaik Hashi Kenyan refugee who works for the US military