Abdullahi jumps on one of his nine sister’s beds as his elder sister Rodha, nicknamed Haifa, looks on. This bedroom is shared by 3 sisters. Dec 1, 2016
Twins Najma (right) and Nadira play with blocks on a Thursday evening. Dec 1, 2016
Abdullahi takes a moment after school to play outside his home with a Disney princess inflatable ball. Abdullahi’s favorite sport is soccer and also wants to be a work as lawyer in the future. Dec 1, 2016
Adna draws in her lined notebook while following along a Youtube instructional video on her iPad. Adna is a passionate artist and spends majority of her time home on the floor learning to draw. Dec 1, 2016
Sahra, mother of 10, distributes donated clothes to her daughters Najma and Nadira (center and right, respectively) to get ready before going to the library. Naima looks on while walking by. Dec 2, 2016
Sahra helps Nadira get dressed for the library while Abdullahi and Najma put on their shoes and socks. Dec 2, 2016
At the local library, Abdullahi and his sisters fill out forms at the Maplewood Community Library for the first time. Abdullahi's exact birthday is unknown to him or his family, so his sisters decided January 1st would be his birthday recorded on the form. The children will also be able to take advantage of homework-help and tutoring sessions at the library which is roughly a fifteen-minute walk from their home. Dec 2, 2016
Adna reacts to seeing the community pool at the local YMCA. Apart from drawing, Adna loves swimming and being in the water. After visiting the library, the children visited the YMCA to tour the facilities. Dec 2, 2016.
Abdul Rahman eats a traditional Somali dinner after completing his Maghrib prayer, while Najma performs the same prayer, with Aliya occupied in the corner. Maghrib, literally “sunset” in Arabic, is the fourth prayer that practicing Muslims are required to perform; there are 5 in total. More often than not, Abdul Rahman eats dinner directly on his prayer mat after performing Maghrib. Dec 2, 2016
Nadira eats dinner in the kitchen as members of her family prepare food for the rest of the family. Dec 3, 2016
Najma Said gets her hair tied by her older sister, Husna. Rochester, NY. Dec 3, 2016.
Pictured from left to right, front to back: Fardosa (17), Nadira (10), Najma (10), Adna (14), the father Abdul Rahman (66), the mother Sahra (41), Abdullahi (13), Aliya (19), Samira (22), Naima (16), Rodha (20), Husna (21). Dec 3, 2016.