Heritage Moments: From a cubicle on Swan Street to the presidency of Somalia

Jan 15, 2018
Ilyas Ahmed/AMISOM

Three world leaders have called Western New York their home. The first two, the American presidents Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland, are well known to people living in the region. The third is less celebrated here.

But the story of Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed — the Buffalonian better known as Farmaajo, elected president of Somalia in February 2017 — is every bit as incredible, and momentous, as that of practically any leader anywhere.

Somalia's new president is WNYer

Feb 8, 2017

The Buffalo area can claim the new leader of Somalia as one of its own. 

WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

A former prime minister of Somalia says the country is starting to turn around after decades of civil war and devastation.