Arthur Nazaryan works as a freelance photographer and videographer for news outlets and non-profit organizations throughout the United States, Southeast Asia, and East Africa. His work has been published by The New York Times, The...
Graduating senior Mahamed Ahmed leaves at the end of the Lincoln International High School commencement ceremony. Lincoln is one of a number of charter schools in Minneapolis with a predominantly Somali student body.
On a summer afternoon with his friends, Abdikadir Hassan (far left) and Somali friends who are visiting from Columbus, Ohio and Kitchener, Canada go water tubing on White Bear Lake, one of the many lakes around Minneapolis.
Fartun Mahamoud Abdi looks at herself in the mirror of her friend's convertible. Ms. Abdi sits on the controversial Countering Violent Extremism committee, which is a government-backed initiative meant to keep youth away from both radicalization and street crime through after-school outreach programs.
Fartun Mahamoud Abdi prays in the parking lot of a building where she will be opening a new day care center catering to Somali children in a suburb of Minneapolis. Ms. Abdi is also currently earning her PhD in radicalization studies, focusing her research on the Somali community in Minneapolis.
Girls from West Bank Soccer Club perform a drill during their first practice. West Bank is set to be one of the main beneficiaries to receive support for its youth outreach programs, as part of the federally-backed Countering Violent Extremism initiative.
Saciido Shaie, who was a child in Somalia when civil war broke out, stayed in a refugee camp before moving to America and gaining citizenship here. She and her husband are currently raising three children in Minneapolis.
Saciido Shaie arrives home with her 13-year-old son after picking him up from school. Ms. Shaie worries that her son's sense of identity and belonging in the US will be harmed by increasing anti-Muslim rhetoric.
Two girls use their lunch break to study at Lincoln International High School in Minneapolis. Somali parents are attracted to charter schools like Lincoln, where most students are Somali, because they feel it will help their kids preserve their culture.
Two children help a woman with her elaborate costume, designed with the colors of the Somali flag, in preparation for the annual Somali Independence Day Parade. This year the event was hosted by the Somali-run non-profit Ka Joog, a Somali-run nonprofit which focuses on youth outreach programs.
Haji Yusuf, 37, performs an afternoon prayer in an isle of the Mogadishu Mall market in St. Cloud, MN. The small city, located about 65 miles northwest of the Twin Cities, has been attractive to Somalis primarily because of job opportunities at local manufacturing and meat packing plants.