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An American poked their head into the Mogadishu Store on Lisbon Street in Lewiston and asked “Can I come in?” “Why not,” responded shop owner Shukri Abasheikh. “You are welcome anytime.” Abasheikh says that most of her customers are from Somalia, Angola, Uganda and Sudan, but her store is open to all. “We are open to […]


Somali Farmers Find A New Home Here

by GeneGeiger on November 25, 2013

Modern Farmer / New America Media, News Report, Laura McCandlish // photos: Amy Temple, Posted: Nov 22, 2013 Reporting for this story was supported by New America Media through our Women Immigrants Fellowship program. When a persistent infection put farmer Batula Ismail in and out of the hospital this summer, her rows of carrots became consumed with weeds. […]


First African Immigrant Elected To Public Office

by GeneGeiger on November 22, 2013

Our community is becoming more diverse and exciting, as our new immigrant citizens are becoming part of the fabric of this community. Jama Mohamed is the first African immigrant elected to public office in Lewiston as member of the school committee.  It’s a significant milestone. Mohamed, 29, is a native of Somalia. He came to […]