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Abdi Aden

Shining

From a care free, soccer playing teenager in Somalia, Abdi Aden's world fell apart when civil war ravaged his country. Separated from his family, he fled his home in Mogadishu, experiencing danger, violence, starvation and barely avoiding death before escaping to Europe and finally to Australia.

He had no English speaking skills, no family or friends, no money, no home. Yet, against the odds, he not only survived, he thrived, completing secondary education and later university. He became a youth worker, was acknowledged with the 2007 Victorian Refugee Recognition Award and featured in the SBS series Go Back to Where You Came From.

Everything he has endured and achieved is testament to Abdi's quiet strength and courage, his resilience and most of all, his warm hearted and enduring optimism. His memoir Shining recounts his remarkable journey.

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