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Finding Refuge in KC | Muna Abdi

Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Muna Abdi is a care specialist for Jewish Vocational Service.
Muna Abdi is a care specialist for Jewish Vocational Service. (Dave Burkhardt | Flatland)
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Muna Abdi found refuge in Kansas City.

She grew up in war-torn Somalia. She became a refugee when her neighborhood was destroyed by bombs.

Briefly married and then divorced, she found herself a young single mom in an unfamiliar city. Her main goal became ensuring that her daughter have a future.

“It’s a really hard life to be a refugee,” she says. “But it’s going to teach you at the same time… everything.”

Abdi is the first of five local refugees who will share their stories on Flatland in the coming weeks. See more in the attached video.


Coming to KCPT

Follow “Finding Refuge in Kansas City” to learn much more about five Americans who got their starts as refugees. Look for weekly video episodes on Flatland beginning Nov. 15. Our complete documentary will air Dec. 20. “Finding Refuge in Kansas City” is a project of KCPT and Gusewelle Films. Producer/Director: Jennie Gusewelle; Videographer/Editor: Dave Burkhardt.

Sponsored by:
Baldwin & Vernon
Pella and Jack Fingersh
Jamie and Bush Helzberg
The Herman Family Foundation
Linda Lighton and Lynn Adkins
Seyferth Family Fund


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