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Ibrahim Dahir, 19

Ibrahim Dahir grew up in the suburbs of Maine before moving to Boston at the age of 12. He is originally from Somalia but was born in Yemen. Dahir is an avid reader and writer, often focusing his written works on current issues in America and around the world. He primarily writes poetry but has dabbled in short-stories and long-form essays. In 2018, Dahir’s team managed to win first place at the annual Louder Than A Bomb festival, a statewide poetry competition for youth.

Since graduating from high school, Dahir has taken a year to travel back home to Somalia. He is a rising freshman at Brandeis University where he plans on majoring in Chemistry and minoring in African and Afro-American studies.