Meet Hussien Mohamed, Director of Sagal Radio in Atlanta
I will never forget the day I became a refugee. I left Ethiopia with less than a dollar in my pocket and bread my mother made for me before I started walking toward the Somalian border. When I got to Somalia both my feet were red and burned. I was unable to walk for weeks. Not speaking the Somali language made it harder for people to help me. Presently, I am Director of Sagal Radio and HEARMe Project Director. Founded in 1998, Sagal Radio broadcasts radio programs every Saturday and Sunday in five different languages: English, Somali , Amharic, Oromo and Swahili. We also reach immigrants around the world, online.
In my country, Ethiopia everybody helped each other in the community. Even if my mother and father were not around, the people in the community would look after all my brother and sister. Neighbor helping neighbor. I wish to see that happening in my American community.
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