Category: Communities

Meet the Queer Somalis in America

by Holly Peterson | | Lavender Magazine

Nasir Abdi-Omar, a queer Somali-American who lives in Minneapolis, has experienced this catch-22 first-hand. “I’ve had to deal with ignorance on both sides,” he explains, “Being a queer Somali person in the Twin Cities sometimes can be alienating…I’m too western for Somalis and too eastern for white, gay America.”

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Controversy Surrounds Govt Grant to Uganda North America Association

By The Independent

Controversy is surrounding the government’s grant to the Uganda North America Association (UNAA). UNAA is an umbrella of Ugandans living and working in the United States of America. The government gives UNAA USD100, 000 (368m shillings) every year with half of this money meant to organize the annual UNAA convention.

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Oromo | Hundreds rally in Edmonton to ask Canada to take a stance against the Ethiopian government

By Galen McDougall | CTV News Edmonton

Over 300 people joined a global day of protest against the Ethiopian government Friday at the Alberta Legislature. They say the current government has been targeting the Indigineous population of Ethiopia, the Oromo, through arbitrary detention, torture and kidnappings.

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US Oromos Protest Singer Hachalu’s Killing in Ethiopia

By Tigist Geme | VOA

Only a few weeks after the slaying of a popular singer in Ethiopia, thousands took to the streets in diaspora communities in the United States and elsewhere to mourn his death and peacefully protest the government in Addis Ababa.

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The role Somali-Americans are playing in standing against systemic racism

Home to the largest Somali community in the country, Minnesota Somali-Americans have played a pivotal role in taking a stand against systemic racism in the weeks following the death of George Floyd.

This report by CBS sheds light on their collective action.

Source CBS

Isak Abdirahman Aden | Family of Somali-American killed by police files lawsuit

By Randy Furst | Star Tribune

The family of a Somali American man who was shot to death during a multicity SWAT operation in Eagan a year ago has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging that the shooting was unjustified and that the man was targeted because he was a racial minority.

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How Remittances From Africans in Petit Senegal in New York Builds Wealth Abroad

The African diaspora sends more money to Africa than U.S. foreign aid and foreign direct investment. In 2018, sub-Saharan Africa received $25 billion in development assistance. In that same year, immigrants in the United States sent $46 billion in remittances to their home countries in Africa, out of a total of $150 billion sent from the United States globally.

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How a Somali community took on a Minnesota meatpacking plant to contain a Covid-19 outbreak

By Chidinma Irene Nwoye | Quartz Africa

Six years ago, then 27-year-old Nimo Ibrahim started her new job deboning chickens at Pilgrim’s Pride in Cold Spring, Minnesota. For the young Somali refugee and single mother of three, the job was a lifeline as she had no other skills.

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#BlackLivesMatter: How Kenyans in the United States Protested George Floyd’s Death

By John Wanjohi  | Mwankilishi

Kenyans living in the United States were not left behind as thousands of people poured to the streets in various cities across America to protest the death of George Floyd. The 46-year-old African-American was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota after a white police officer put his knee on his neck for 8 minutes 46 seconds in a disturbing incident captured on camera.

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In Minneapolis, Somali-Americans Find Unwelcome Echoes of Strife at Home

Thousands left political chaos, violence and danger in Somalia. Now, many are surprised and alarmed at the dangers and distress they’re seeing in their new home.

By Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura | The New York Times

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