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Cataclysm - Zeynab Ali - <span class="date-display-single">11/04/2017 - 10:30am</span>


11/04/2017 - 10:30am

Central Library - The Bubbler

Cataclysm has caused conflicts and desolation in the Horn of Africa, resulting in the establishment of terrorist groups, famine, and the collapse and division of governments. The war and hunger that contributed to the collapse of the Somalian government resulted in the persecution of minority groups in Somalia and led those groups of people to flee to Kenya, where the world’s oldest refugee camps would later be established.


This is the incredible story of a Kenyan-born teen who later learns about her true identity as a former Somali refugee. She explores her family’s history and learns about their survival in the horrific Somali civil war. As an activist, Zeynab addresses the struggles immigrant and refugee families encounter in the United States, hoping to spread awareness of immigration. In this book, she shares her experience of growing up in the United States and how her own life inspired her to become the decisive, optimistic young activist she is today.

Zeynab Ali

About Presenter Zeynab Ali


Zeynab is a youth activist residing in the city of Milwaukee, WI.  Zeynab, her parents and two of her siblings were refugees from Dadaab, Kenya. She was born in Dagahaley Camp. Her parents are originally from Somalia. They were one of the few persecuted people who fled to Kenya for refuge from the horrendous civil war that took place in Somalia in 1991. Zeynab’s family were one of the few lucky families to be given the opportunity to live in the United States. Her parents instilled a love for curiosity and education in her. They also developed her love for helping others. Zeynab’s parents always reminded her of the importance of being informed of what’s taking place around the world. On December 3rd, 2014, Zeynab was inaugurated as the 9th District representative on the City of Milwaukee Youth Council. As a youth representative she participated in many gun violence prevention summits and conferences along with the Mayor, District Attorney, and other city leaders. Currently, she is the chairwoman of Inspirational Impact, a youth-driven council focused on eradicating human trafficking. Zeynab has won many awards for her work in the community.



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