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A home away from home

Assimilation is a long process for Somalis in Colorado farm town
Somali refugee and current student Khadija Ahmed, right, works with teacher Chaundra Jacobs in the Skills Development class at the Career Pathways program at Morgan Community College in Fort Morgan on Feb. 25. Ahmed fled a brutal war in Africa to make a new life in the U.S. Morgan Community College’s Career Pathways Program is designed to help recent immigrants gain the necessary linguistic and life skills to thrive in their new environment, which can be difficult to adapt to, especially in a rural town like Fort Morgan.
Muslim worshippers pray together inside a small makeshift mosque above the Halal Mini-mart, a small market and restaurant catering to Somalis in Fort Morgan on Jan. 8.
Brennan Linsley/Associated Press

Somali-American teacher Abdinasser Ahmed runs a class for children in the program known as MENA, or Migrant Education Newcomer’s Academy, at Fort Morgan Middle School in Fort Morgan on Jan. 8. The children, many of whom are part of the large local refugee population from Africa and Latin America, learn some of the basic linguistic and academic skills that are designed to help them integrate into life in this small farming community.
Local cleric and Somali refugee Imam Said Ali, left, leads worshippers in the weekly Friday Muslim prayer inside a makeshift mosque in Fort Morgan on Jan. 8. From a young age, Said Ali spent most of his life living in a camp in Kenya as a refugee after his family fled the civil war in Somalia. Said Ali says that he has been made to feel welcome in the United States, and that he feels grateful to be here.
A sign marks the entrance to Fort Morgan, a small town on the eastern plains of Colorado. Childhood home of big band great Glenn Miller, this little farming community has seen its demographics and economy change steadily over the past decades, most recently with an influx of refugees fleeing violence in Africa and Latin America.

A home away from home

Somali refugee and current student Khadija Ahmed, right, works with teacher Chaundra Jacobs in the Skills Development class at the Career Pathways program at Morgan Community College in Fort Morgan on Feb. 25. Ahmed fled a brutal war in Africa to make a new life in the U.S. Morgan Community College’s Career Pathways Program is designed to help recent immigrants gain the necessary linguistic and life skills to thrive in their new environment, which can be difficult to adapt to, especially in a rural town like Fort Morgan.
Muslim worshippers pray together inside a small makeshift mosque above the Halal Mini-mart, a small market and restaurant catering to Somalis in Fort Morgan on Jan. 8.
Brennan Linsley/Associated Press

Somali-American teacher Abdinasser Ahmed runs a class for children in the program known as MENA, or Migrant Education Newcomer’s Academy, at Fort Morgan Middle School in Fort Morgan on Jan. 8. The children, many of whom are part of the large local refugee population from Africa and Latin America, learn some of the basic linguistic and academic skills that are designed to help them integrate into life in this small farming community.
Local cleric and Somali refugee Imam Said Ali, left, leads worshippers in the weekly Friday Muslim prayer inside a makeshift mosque in Fort Morgan on Jan. 8. From a young age, Said Ali spent most of his life living in a camp in Kenya as a refugee after his family fled the civil war in Somalia. Said Ali says that he has been made to feel welcome in the United States, and that he feels grateful to be here.
A sign marks the entrance to Fort Morgan, a small town on the eastern plains of Colorado. Childhood home of big band great Glenn Miller, this little farming community has seen its demographics and economy change steadily over the past decades, most recently with an influx of refugees fleeing violence in Africa and Latin America.
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