Just Us Story
A. H. Husein
AVAILABLE – 11th June 2021
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Chapter 1 – I’M 6
This chapter starts the story off at a fast pace, where a mother and her two children, find themself in an unfamiliar environment, ready to embark onto a journey. A journey that one only dreamt of. The first memory at 6, Abdi remembers of protecting his mother… Not a journey of desire but a journey of survival…
Chapter 2 – FLASH BACK
The chapter paints a picture of the fleeing family’s background story. From their stable, happy lives, to the reason they embarked on such a journey, one would not normally take in this era… “You’re the man of the house now” a burden that shouldn’t be placed on a child….
Chapter 3 – MIS-SHIFT SHOE
This chapter opens one’s eyes up the to reality and first encounter of an immigrant. Strange surroundings, unforeseen weather with an unfamiliar strange language. How can one communicate to seek sanctuary, whilst one of Hooyo’s kids is shoeless.
Chapter 4 – THE LETTER
This chapter embraces the moment Hooyo faces the letter alone, grateful to her Almighty creator & her husband (Aabo). Hooyo and her boys made it to London, healthy and safe yet feeling lost and dead deep down. Nevertheless, she has a promise to keep, little does she know, the prolonged suffering of London awaits.
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A. H. Husein
I was blessed to be born in a big loving family. Being the third eldest out of 6 siblings, three brothers and two sisters, we owe everything to our Hooyo & Aabo. God has also blessed me with two amazing boys, the true pearls of life.
Despite having migrated to the UK in the late 1980’s. I hold my home country Somaliland, close to my heart. Growing up in the UK, I have witnessed first-hand some of the experiences an immigrant endured – trying to settle down and fit into a new culture. However, we strive.
All that I know about my home country is from the narrations I’ve heard from my elders. It’s from these narrations that I write passionately, painting a vivid picture of the experiences and struggles of living in Somalia. With a vision to preserve my country’s history in writing so that future generations can know where they came from. Deep in my heart, I nurture a strong longing to empower Somali diaspora youth.
Coming out of university with a Construction Management degree, the path of working on this story was unforeseen. This shows that at any point in your life, it’s never too late to make a change in pursuing a different path. I’ve had the opportunity to spend the past 5 years in Somaliland. This has given me the chance to visually compare the lives between UK and Somaliland. From the stories told, it gave me the drive to share their similar stories and life struggles to the new generation in our Somali community and to others.
I’m passionate about my family, religion, cultural diversity, and making a difference. By being able to apply the things that I and many are passionate about and turn it into a book, gives me the hopes for a better tomorrow and hope to influence the younger and older generation to also make a change.
“This book will open up a wave of emotions. Somali people are genuinely compassionate and caring people. Can’t wait to get mine.”
“Finally, a book that all youths can relate to. Capturing the struggles of a Somali family. Long overdue, especially having a lot of Somali friends, this is close to home for me.”
“I heard there was a book coming out, now I just can’t wait to get mine. Love how the limited hat has the map on it.”