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A Refugee Wins The Immigration Lottery

As a child, Abdi Nor Iftin was obsessed with American culture – even before U.S. Marines arrived in his native Somalia to battle the country’s warlords. He joins us to tell his amazing story of fleeing Mogadishu for Kenya, winning an American visa in a lottery and learning that making his way here was more complicated than he thought. His new book is “Call Me American: A Memoir” (Knopf).