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Posted inCHANGING MINNESOTA

Nine years ago, Zinet Kemal boarded a flight to Minnesota and a country she’d never seen. Today, she’s a mother of four, an IT professional seeking an advanced degree—and now, a children’s author.

After leaving Ethiopia, Zinet Kemal and her husband, Aman Hordofo, needed to learn everything about life in Minnesota, from enrolling in college to ordering a pizza. (Pro tip: Don’t try to pay the delivery guy with a $100 bill.) In her new kids’ book, “Proud in Her Hijab: A Story of Family Strength, Empowerment and Identity,” Zinet has her own lesson to offer.