Told by Fatima Mohamud, CHW at WellShare, and written by Katrina Becker, Development and Office Administrator.
Have you ever stopped to think about what life must be like in refugee camps all over the world? Fatima Mohamud, a Community Health Worker at WellShare who has been with us for three years, graciously agreed to tell her story with me.
In 1991 my family and I fled Somalia to escape the civil war. We lived in five different refugee camps over the course of two years. In the camps, food and water was very limited. Sometimes people would drink unsafe ground water, which spread Malaria. We also had to look out for snakes and scorpions, which would seek out water in the camp. There were no doctors and no medical supplies, so when someone was sick or injured, there was a good chance they wouldn’t make it. We would hear about different organizations providing sponsorships for refugees to move to other countries, and in June 1993, I received a sponsorship to move to the United States. I already had some family living in Minnesota, and was very thankful to receive the same opportunity. I was very affected by the sickness and lack of medical care I saw in the refugee camps, and also by the difficulty of accessing healthcare as an immigrant in a new county, so I decided I wanted to do whatever I could to help others in my community receive the health services they needed. WellShare is very well-known in the community, so I was very happy when I found out that they were hiring for a community health worker. I have been working at WellShare for three years now and I love being able to connect people in my community to the resources and health care they need to live healthier lives.