I Am a Star
Taking our cue from the flag of Somalia – the white Star of Unity centered in a field of blue–the I Am A Star campaign unified members of the Somalia Diaspora, aid workers on the ground in Mogadishu and people across the world to provide famine relief in Somalia.
I AM A STAR approached humanitarian relief in a whole new way. It is a co-creation of the American Refugee Committee and members of the Somali Diaspora from across the globe. Before we even launched operations in Mogadishu, thousands of members of the community added their voices and collaborated in a unique approach to humanitarian relief.
And, thanks to the spirit and efforts of the worldwide Somali Diaspora and other compassionate individuals, organizations and governments, relief arrived with the people who needed it. Donors looked past the negative imagery of Somalia in the media and sent their support. That support saved the lives of mothers and fathers, children, poets, artists, innovators, farmers, businesspeople - human beings.
A New Narrative
I AM A STAR shone light on the incredible strength, resourcefulness, and generosity of the Somali people, including placing more than 750 positive stories in the US and international media. Celebrities joined in, with K’NAAN & Bono, Somali fashion designers Mataano, TV’s Chef Roble, Sweet Rush and more putting their star power behind the effort. And people from more than 60 countries took the message global. From Mexico to Malaysia, Austria to Australia, people have taken action for Somalia. But there is still so much that needs to be done.
The famine has ended, but it will take an investment of time and great effort to shake off the legacy of 20 years of war and unrest in Somalia. Sustained creative action is necessary to help Somalia recover and rebuild. The legacy of I AM A STAR continues in our collaborations and co-creations with the Somali business community, religious leaders and individual citizens invested in the rebuilding and future of Somalia. Together, we’re protecting the health and well-being of Somalis who remain vulnerable and working to rebuild the economy and create livelihoods that will allow the country to recover.