PODCAST PHOTO Blog / Podcast

In this episode, we discuss diaspora as a category of privilege, belonging and unbelonging, political blackness and “brownness,” Mary Harper, ‪#‎SomaliAlienation‬, snorkeling in Somalia, and more.

Somali Britain Blog / From the Archives

From the Archives A few years ago, I attended a talk at Harvard by MIT professor Vivek Bald on his research documenting the Bengali presence in the United States (he has since published a book on the topic). Among his central arguments is that South Asians have a much longer history in the United States than recognized, and that there were settled communities of working...

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To be Young, Gifted and Somali: The Somalidemic Survival Kit Blog

It’s September, that time of year when many of us are returning to campus after the summer holidays, whether it’s as college freshmen, graduate students, researchers or faculty. The university is a contradictory institution, at once a tool for advancement and opportunity as well as a hierarchal institution that produces inequalities and barriers for people from marginalized backgrounds. For Somali students who have already faced...

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The Banality of Disenfranchisement Blog

Delivering place-based government programs in ‘at-risk’ communities can elicit, and sometimes suppress, a host of emotions among frontline community workers. The initial satisfaction of giving back by contributing to grassroots development schemes in the area you grew up and found opportunities in. The drive to pay it forward by imparting formative life skills and wisdoms to youth like yourself to not only ‘get through’ life’s...

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The Politics of Being Somali in East Africa Blog / Dispatches

Dispatches #4 Arusha – These last few weeks in Arusha have taught me what it means to exist as a body that is read differently from the average Tanzanian. There’s no question that my Blackness gives me a particular kind of African membership, but my body is still viewed peculiarly. My hair produces the greatest confusion. When it is uncovered people ask me if I’m...

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The Ties that Bind, Pt. II Blog

“So if a colored woman is raped and killed, why do the Days rape and kill a white woman? Why worry about the colored woman at all?” Guitar cocked his head and looked sideways at Milkman. His nostrils flared a little. “Because she’s mine.” – Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon (p. 223). December 4th, 2014: I had the great pleasure of meeting Nuruddin Farah, an...

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About Maandeeq

Maandeeq (she who “satisfies the mind”) is the name of the female camel that symbolically represented the Somali nation in poetry. It was she who was looted under colonialism, retrieved by her rightful owners at independence in 1960, and mistreated by dictatorship, corruption and war.



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