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Growing Up

When I was young, I used to be depressed. I couldn’t find who I truly was. I let people bring me down, like I was some piece of tape. Let me tell you a little about Fatima!

My name is Fatima Kabba. I was raised on the south end of Seattle, WA. I’ve never lived anywhere else! I’ve been in Seattle, my whole life. Growing up in South Seattle is challenging. Hearing gunshots when I’m sleeping, gunshots when I’m walking outside, gunshots everywhere I go! The gun violence in the community is getting worse. 

When I walk outside, I hardly see other kids my age. Most families have moved to better areas, in fear of the shootings and crime in the community. 

A lot of people think the schools in our community are ghetto and bad. Even the people who have never been to our community. They go off what they hear or see on the news. People always say bad things about Rainier Beach, which is the high school I attend. But my school really isn’t that bad. We rarely have any altercations or drama. It’s a good school to learn at. I love my school! Seeing people that are like myself, and people who come from the same struggle, gives me a positive feeling! It helps you understand that you are not alone. 

About The Author

Fatima Kabba

Fatima is a journalist, poet, and podcaster who continues to grow while working as a Corner Greeter at RBAC.

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