Tag: Somali-Americans

Hassan Mead | Somalian-born runner Speaks Up About the Racism He’s Dealt With Since Coming to the U.S. 21 Years Ago

By HASSAN MEAD AS TOLD TO TAYLOR DUTCH| Runner’s World

When I heard stories about America, growing up as a farmer’s kid living in Somalia, it was always nothing but good things. So when I learned our family was moving there, I thought I was moving to a paradise where no one suffers and everyone lives their best lives.

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Abdi Nor Iftin: A Somali immigrant hopes his book for young adults will inspire others to tell their story

By Victoria Zhuang | Boston Globe

As a young man fleeing violence and civil war in his native Somalia, Abdi Nor Iftin dreamed of a magnificent future in America. In 2014, after years of stateless limbo in Kenya, he won the Diversity Visa lottery, a program that offers a limited number of visas to applicants from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. His 2018 memoir “Call Me American” describes his experiences resettling in the United States.

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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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Hani Garabyare: President Trump Told Me to Go Back to Somalia. So, I Did

By Hani Garabyare | The Root

Last July, President Trump made headlines by lashing out at a group of progressive congresswomen—among them Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), the first Somali elected to Congress—and told them to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.” Days later, crowds at a Trump rally were crying out Ilhan Omar’s name and chanting “send her back.”

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Horn of Africa politics come to Minneapolis

BY MICHAEL RUBIN | The Hill

The death of George Floyd during a botched arrest propelled Minneapolis into the headlines as the city became the centerpiece in a debate about persistent, if not systematic, racism in the United States as well as the nature of policing today. In politics, however, Minneapolis has become ground zero in a different conflict originating more than 8,000 miles away.

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Study shows African immigrants in U.S. do well, despite differences among them

By University of Kansas

President Donald Trump may have nearly ended the flow of refugees and other African immigrants to the United States, but a new study shows that at least those from Nigeria are well-educated, hardworking and contribute more to society than they cost the American social security system. The paper contrasts Nigerian newcomers with those from Somalia, whose work ethic is similarly strong, but whose lack of education hurts their employment prospects here.

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Ilhan Omar’s Father Dies From Complications of Covid-19

By Christine Hauser | The New York Times

Representative Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American Democratic congresswoman from Minnesota, said late Monday that her father had died from complications of Covid-19.

“It is with tremendous sadness and pain to say goodbye to my father, Nur Omar Mohamed,” she said on Twitter. “No words can describe what he meant to me and all who knew and loved him.”

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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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Somali-Americans share in the grief and pain over George Floyd’s killing

By Rupa Shenoy | PRI

Malika Dahir, a Somali American and mother of three in Minneapolis desperately needed an outlet to talk about George Floyd’s killing and everything that has happened since so she organized a prayer gathering online to process it together. 

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Hassan Nor, Somali elder and artist whose work depicted pre-war Somalia, dies of COVID-19

By SHEILA REGAN | SAHAN JOURNAL

Hassan Nor, a Somali elder and self-taught artist known for his intricate drawings layered with stories, characters, and aspects of cultural life from pre-civil war Somalia, died May 19 after contracting the coronavirus. He was 83. 

Hassan resettled in the United States in 2002, but the art he created earlier did not survive the journey.

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