The World In Fargo-Moorhead: ‘We Call Fargo Our Home’

by on Oct 11, 2017

Photos courtesy of The World in Fargo-Moorhead

The World in Fargo-Moorhead is a community project that shows the immense diversity of foreign-born residents now living in the Red River Valley—one portrait and story at a time. Each month, features individuals photographed and interviewed by the participants in The World in Fargo-Moorhead.

You can find more information about The World in Fargo-Moorhead project at and

Anyone interested in participating in the project can email or send a message on the project’s Facebook page. Newcomers are welcome to attend the project’s monthly meetings every third Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Fercho conference room at the Fargo Public Library, 102 N 3rd St., Fargo.

The World In Fargo-Moorhead is partnering with the International Potluck Fargo on Thursday, October 19 from 6–8 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Downtown Fargo for the International Potluck. The event will have an International Speed Friending activity, a photo booth and a feast following. Register for the event here.

Alakiir Nhial from South Sudan

Alakiir Nhial | South Sudan

Photo and interview by Beth Bradley | @theworldinfm

“I came to Fargo 11 years ago as a refugee. My husband and his family came here first and I joined them 3 years later in June 2006. I lived my early childhood life in a refugee camp in northern Kenya Turkana. My mother and siblings are still in a refugee camp. The good thing I can tell my children is that they are not refugees.

“I like Fargo. I have traveled to different states and know that Fargo is a good place to live. It’s quiet. You live here with less fear compared to any place in the United States.”

Alakiir and her husband have five children between the ages of infancy and 10 years old. They were all born in Fargo.

Kevin Brooks from Canada

Kevin Brooks | Canada

Photo by Birgit Pruess@theworldinfm

“I grew up in southwestern Manitoba, about 100 miles north of Minot. I came to the U.S. for graduate school in 1993 and to Fargo in 1997 for employment at NDSU. When you grow up in Manitoba, North Dakota is not much of a foreign country.

“What I have enjoyed most about my 20 years in Fargo is watching and participating in the welcoming of a more diverse and global population. The city has both matured and become more youthful at the same time. It has matured in its ability to understand and embrace foreign-born citizens, and the city has become younger via the more diverse career opportunities for local, regional and foreign-born workers. Obviously this vision of the city is not shared by everyone, but I think the direction of the city has been set and there will be no turning back, just some foot dragging along the way.”

Sunny Prashant Mare from India and Katie Mare from USA

Sunny Prashant Mare | India & Katie Mare | USA

Photo and interview by Birgit Pruess@theworldinfm

“I am from Southern India and my wife Katie is from Fargo. We call Fargo our home for now mainly because of the friends we have here. We love meeting International Students from all around the world and living close to NDSU gives us the opportunity to invite them into our lives.

“We are blessed to call many of these International Students our friends. Our summers are fun and our winters are warmer because of these relationships. Someday we would really like to travel around the world to visit the homes of our dear friends.”

Ling O’Connor from Taiwan

Ling O’Connor | Taiwan

Photo by Birgit Pruess, interview by Joan Dolence@theworldinfm

“I lived in Taipei, my hometown, and the population is huge, (7 million people). The first time I came here (to Fargo), I thought, ‘I can see the beautiful sunset and the clouds!’

“When I came to Fargo, culture didn’t impact on me that much. In Taipei, there is a lot of cultural impact from the US, like movies and TV shows.

“The first time I went to the grocery store in Fargo, my heart beat so fast. I was worried that my English was not good enough for people to understand me. Going to the hospital was also a challenge. I asked the doctor if I could record our conversation so I could listen at home so that I could be certain that I understood everything correctly.

“I crave the authentic Chinese food, it’s a little different here than in Taipei.

“When you go out in the world, it makes you more humble. You see so many nice people and cultures, and it makes your eyes wide open. You realize that your culture is not necessarily the best in the world.”

About The World in Fargo-Moorhead

The World in Fargo-Moorhead shows the immense diversity of foreign-born residents now living in the Red River Valley—one portrait and story at a time. Modeled after Humans of New York, the project features portraits and interviews of immigrants, refugees, students and/or workers on temporary visas who live in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

The World in Fargo-Moorhead officially launched in September 2016 as an exhibit for Welcoming Week at the Main Public Library in downtown Fargo. It was created as a collaborative effort among photo enthusiasts to raise awareness about the range of cultures that define our area.


The money raised from your generous contribution will fund the following:

  • Photo prints, frames and text panels for our upcoming exhibit
  • Stipends for exhibit coordinators and our exhibit curator
  • Promotional materials including flyers, postcards and posters
  • Social media advertising
  • Miscellaneous materials needed to fund the project for the coming year. Help us keep The World in Fargo-Moorhead going. Your contribution is 100 % tax deductible. Any amount is appreciated.

* The fiscal sponsor for this fundraising effort is The Human Family, a 501c3 organization. So, your donation is tax deductible.