Tag: Somali-Americans

Biden Promises to End Trump’s Muslim and African ‘Travel Ban’. But Its Legacy Will Be Felt for Years

BY SANYA MANSOOR | Time

Afnan Salem’s father, a Somali citizen living in Malaysia, has been waiting three years for United States immigration authorities to allow him to come to Ohio to live with his family. But Trump’s severe travel restrictions on many visas for those with citizenship from more than a dozen predominantly African and Muslim-majority countries, including Somalia, means he is, at least temporarily, barred from entry.

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Halima Aden | Somali-American Model quits fashion shows over religious beliefs

By Yasmin Khatun Dewan| The Guardian

Somali-American model Halima Aden has said she is quitting runway shows because working in fashion has forced her to compromise her religious beliefs.

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Seattle’s African immigrants, refugees confront what it means to be Black in America

by | king5

King County has a large East African population. They are learning that America’s Black Lives Matter movement is for them, too: “We need to be visible.”

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Abdulkadir Mohamed Mursal | veteran Somali journalist succumbs to Covid 19


By IBRAHIM HIRSI | SAHAN JOURNAL

If the Somali-language media landscape had a father, it would undoubtedly be Abdulkadir Mohamed Mursal. For nearly half a century, Abdulkadir brought vivid radio stories into the living rooms of Somalia, established newsrooms wherever he found a home, and trained hundreds of journalists, some of whom now work at radio services including  VOA Somali and BBC Somali.

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Coming to America: It’s Not Like the Movie for African Immigrants

BY FRANCESCA BENTLEY | Pulitzer Center

Democracy, liberty, freedom, equality—these are the fundamental tenets Abdi Nor Iftin hoped would shape his life in America, after leaving Kenya. Upon miraculously winning a direct entryway into the United States via the annual visa lottery, Somali-born Iftin was rapturous over the chance to pursue his piece of the American dream. What he didn’t realize is that being one of the lucky few and becoming an American, particularly a Black American, comes with caveats, some more dangerous than others. 

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How to Experience and Appreciate the Vibrant East African Culture in the Twin Cities

By Becki Iverson | Qalanjo

‌STEAM RISES FROM A CUP OF CARDAMOM AND CLOVE TEA. Fragrant fish curry bubbles. Meat kebabs sizzle next to a half-dozen flaky, golden sambusas. This doesn’t sound like a typical meal you’d get in the Midwest, a region best known for hot dishes and casserole. But, in fact, this kind of cuisine is common in East African restaurants in Minneapolis, the new vanguard of global dining in the Twin Cities and the most visible element of a thriving immigrant community. 

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A mixed bag for African immigrant candidates in Minnesota races

By Tom Gitaa | President and Publisher of Mshale

The African immigrant community’s bid to expand its share of elected officials in the state had some bright spots and disappointing losses in equal measure. One of the bright spots was in the Minnesota legislature where the ranks of African immigrant legislators doubled to four from the previous two.

Here is the breakdown on how the results came in:

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Omar wins reelection in Minnesota House race

By Clare Foran | CNN

Somali-American Ilhan Omar, a member of the progressive Squad in Congress, will hold onto her US House seat in Minnesota after she won reelection and defeated a well-funded Republican challenger, CNN projects.

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Motivations Vary as African Diaspora Vote in US Election

By Salem Solomon | Voice of America – English

WASHINGTON – For most African immigrants in the United States, the right to vote is precious.  Ivo Tasong, a Cameroonian American who immigrated to the U.S. in 1986, said voting is something he will never take for granted. 

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Why Somalis are closely watching the US elections

By Hamza Mohamed | Al Jazeera

Just as people across the United States will be waiting eagerly for the results of Tuesday’s voting, thousands of kilometres away, on the far eastern corner of Africa, Somalis will also be closely watching the hard-fought matchup between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

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