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Author Recounts Journey From Somali Civil War To Arizona

(Photo by Mark Brodie - KJZZ)
The cover of Halima Abdirazak's book.

The 2001 movie “Black Hawk Down” brought the Somali civil war into the minds of many Americans.

But for Halima Abdirazak, it’s far more personal - she and her family had to flee the violence, eventually ending up in Arizona.

She traces that journey in her new book, called “My Father’s Legacy.” She was in school when the war broke out - as she recounts at the start of her book.

Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.