Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali

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Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali
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Occupation Writer

Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali is a Somali-Canadian writer.[1][2][3] Ali wrote his first book, a memoir, Angry Queer Somali Boy, while living in a shelter for homeless men in Toronto.[4]

Early life

Ali was born in a traditional Somali family in Somalia in 1985.[5] His estranged father took him from his mother when he was young, and Ali then lived with his father, step-mother, and step-sisters in Abu Dhabi.[4] His father then lied to apply for refugee status in The Netherlands.

While still a youth, his family immigrated to Canada.[4] Ali developed problems with over-using drugs and alcohol.[6]

Writing career

The CBC described his book in an article on important books on mental health.[2]

The Advocate described his book in an article on "The Best LGBTQ Memoirs of 2019".[7]

The CBC placed his book on their recommended reading list for the winter of 2020.[3]


  1. 16 powerful memoirs to give this holiday season, CBC Books, 2019-12-12. Retrieved on 2020-01-29. “Angry Queer Somali Boy combines Ali's personal story with the history of and commentary on the places he's called home: Somalia, Europe and Canada.”
  2. 2.0 2.1 15 Canadian books to read about mental health, CBC Books, 2019-05-07. Retrieved on 2020-01-29. “Angry Queer Somali Boy is a memoir by Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali, a young man who left Somalia, spent time in the Netherlands and ended up homeless in Canada.”
  3. 3.0 3.1 The CBC Books winter reading list: 40 books to read to kick off 2020, CBC Books, 2020-01-28. Retrieved on 2020-01-29. “Canada was the promised land, but when he didn't fit in and life was more difficult than he expected, Ali turned to drugs and partying before finding his way.”
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Hasan Namir. Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali, Quill & Quire, October 2019. Retrieved on 2020-01-29. “Ali spent the period from March 2017 to July 2019 writing Angry Queer Somali Boy, while living in a Toronto men’s shelter. He says that whenever he had to pause for treatment, his editors and publishers 'were super understanding and supportive.'
  5. Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali.
  6. Exile, addiction and racism: what it means to be a gay, Muslim immigrant | CBC Radio, CBC. (in en-US)
  7. The Best LGBTQ Memoirs of 2019, The Advocate, 2019-12-30. Retrieved on 2020-01-29. “Angry Queer Somali Boy is interwoven with a contextual background of world history and sociopolitical commentary on both the East and West, from the vantage point of a gay Muslim immigrant.”