Starting Over in Rochester, NY

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Hani Ali doesn’t know where she was born except that it was in the back of a pickup truck, somewhere between Somalia and Uganda. An elderly woman—a stranger—traveling with them delivered Ali as her parents were fleeing a civil war in their country. Even so, her parents named her Hani, which in Arabic means “happy.” “Nobody thought I was going to live. But there I was, everyday,” says Ali, now 25 and a Rochesterian…

Story: Carlie Fishgold
Photography: Arleen Thaler
for POST Rochester Magazine On newsstands now in Rochester, NY
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