From child refugee to politician: Finland’s first Somali-born MP | Finland News
In 2008, Suldaan Said Ahmed was 15 when his family arrived in Finland having fled the civil war in Somalia.
His childhood memory is filled with haunting acts of violence and displacement.
“I saw a dead person being driven in a wheelbarrow,” he told Al Jazeera, recalling the horrific scenes that dominate his last memories of Mogadishu.
The fighting in the Somali capital, where Ahmed was born, was so intense that his relatives escaped to neighbouring Ethiopia, before travelling to the Nordic nation through family reunification.
They first settled in Kontiolahti in the northern Karelia region, looking forward to starting a new peaceful life.
But the initial sense of relief wore off quickly and was replaced with hostility and fear.
There was only a handful of Black families in their neighbourhood, surrounded by a “sea of white people”, said Ahmed, many of whom were fiercely…