From the bloody cauldron of Somalia’s civil war to inner cabinet: The dazzling rise of Ahmed Hussen

In 1993, a 16-year-old boy raised in the bloody cauldron of Somalia’s civil war left Africa for good and arrived alone in Canada.

If the young refugee experienced much culture shock, Ahmed Hussen hid it well.

Even as his asylum claim was being processed, the tall, lanky youth finished high school, then worked his way through a history degree at Toronto’s York University.

Barely 10 years after arriving here, the “dignified” African with a “polished accent” landed a job in the office of Dalton McGuinty, Ontario’s opposition leader, and moved with him soon after to the premier’s office. A law degree followed, and later a successful leap into elected politics as a member of the new Trudeau government.

He’s just a great Canadian story

Read More: National Post

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