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Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Minnesota Faces: Faribault friends August 21, 2015

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Portrait #36: Friends, Shukri and Khadra

Friends and then Faribault High School seniors Shukri Aden, left, and Khadra Muhumed photographed at the International Festival Faribault 2012.

Friends and then Faribault High School seniors Shukri, left, and Khadra photographed at the International Festival Faribault 2012.

These young women represent the relatively new faces of my community. Beyond French and German and Irish and the blood of other long ago immigrants, we are now also Somali, Sudanese, Hispanic, Cambodian and more. So much more.

Faribault is a diverse southern Minnesota city. We are richer for our differences, although that is not always recognized or appreciated.

Rather than focus on that which separates, let us bridge that which divides.

FYI: Faribault celebrates its cultural diversity this Saturday, August 22, at International Festival Faribault scheduled from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Central Park. Click here for more information.


Minnesota Faces is featured every Friday on Minnesota Prairie Roots.

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12 Responses to “Minnesota Faces: Faribault friends”

  1. Lisa Simons Says:

    Lovely picture! I taught Shukri’s siblings for several years.

  2. hotlyspiced Says:

    It’s amazing to me that they would move to an area with a climate so greatly contrasting to the one they’re used to. It’s wonderful you’re having a celebration to celebrate cultural diversity – I can imagine there would be a lot of interesting foods to try xx

  3. Dan Traun Says:

    Wonderful portrait and message.

  4. Littlesundog Says:

    What beautiful eyes and smiles… simply lovely photograph of these two. Wouldn’t it be lovely if all communities celebrated cultural diversity?

  5. Sweet Posy Dreams Says:

    Great photo. Could be in National Geographic.

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