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For many Somali-Americans, 'Happy New Year' means happy birthday


January 2, 2020

Glen Stubbe - Star Tribune

Mahamed Cali is among the many Somali-American refugees to be assigned a Jan. 1 birth date upon their arrival in the U.S.

Nur Mohamed turned 48 on the first day of 2020, but it didn't feel special. First, he probably wasn't born on Jan. 1. Second, he knows lots of people with the same birthday.

"If you go on Facebook, you're going to see many people with their birthday," said Mohamed, who was born in Somalia and came to the United States from a Kenyan refugee camp in 1996.


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