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 Mary Abdi, 12, far left, Amina Mohamed, 39, Salim Shongolo, 49, Hawiwa Abdi, 5, and Halima Abdi, 21, far right, eat dinner together on Nov. 12 at their house in Grand Rapids. The Abdi family spends all day cooking Halima’s favorite meal, called Chapati, a dish consisting of fried beans and fried flatbread. “Sitting on the floor is a tradition for our family. Its a way of bonding and connecting with each other as we eat the meal,” Abdi said.