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FROM THIS EPISODE

In August 2004, a Somali refugee family arrived in Vermont. It was the beginnings of many good things.

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Liam and Sharmarke as kids

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The Arbows in 2004

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Sharmarke and Liam (front) with Mark and Marybeth

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Abdulkadir, the second oldest Arbow child, sledding in Vermont in 2004

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Madina at 9 years old

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From left to right: Madina, Johara, Zahara, Sharmarke, Muna

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Madina’s 13th birthday

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Liam and Sharmarke (front) and Abdulkadir

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Zahara and Madina at Madina’s middle school graduation

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The Redmonds and the Arbows, with some friends in 2016

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Madina (C) with her other mentor Lisa (L) on the day she became a US citizen in 2016

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Liam (L) and Sharmarke today

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Madina now — a student at University of Vermont

Producers:
Lea Thau

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