In 1991, Somali president Siad Barre was ousted and the country became lawless and plagued by clan warfare. Since then, Columbus has gained one of the largest Somali populations in America, second only to Minneapolis. In the March 2015 issue of (614) Magazine, the cover story took an in-depth look at why Columbus has become a refuge for the Somali people.
In the early stages of developing a cover for this story, we struggled to determine what type of imagery would capture the story of Columbus’s Somali community. This process became much easier when we acquired this moving photo by Columbus photographer Tariq Tarey of a Somali mother holding hands with her son waving an American flag.