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The youngest mayor Magid Magid from Somaliland takes over as Sheffield’s Lord Mayor post.
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A former refugee who has taken over as Sheffield’s Lord Mayor says he hopes to bring the role “into the 21st Century”.

Magid Magid is the city’s first Somali mayor, first Green Party mayor, and, at 28, the youngest mayor.

He came to Sheffield aged five after six months in an Ethiopian refugee camp with his mother and five siblings who left Somaliland  “to find a better life”.

“Just me being in the post brings an element of difference to the role,” he said.

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He added: “I hope it will help engage those that have not previously engaged before.”

But his story is not a case of a privileged upbringing helping to open doors but of determination, ambition – and a love of climbing mountains.

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Image captionMagid Magid at his home in Sheffield as a young boy

Born in Burao in Somaliland, Mr Magid said he did not remember much of his childhood and had never returned to his country of birth.

“I remember just being happy, playing around as you do as a kid, but in reality it was a completely different story,” he said.

His family set up home in Sheffield’s Burngreave area.

He said life was difficult when he and his family arrived, trying to learn the language and adapt to a new way of life.

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