Tag: diaspora


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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Rooting in East African Soil Blog / Dispatches

Dispatches, No. 3 Arusha I have just landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya for a three month extended stay in Arusha, Tanzania. As I walk out the airplane doors I am greeted by the familiarity of dense air mingling with the dust that comes just before the rain. I can’t stop the smile that bursts across my face. As I walk...

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The Ties that Bind, Pt. I Blog

June 28th, 2015: After an exhausting day at work, I plopped myself onto the leather couch in my living room, flipping on CP24—a fast-paced Torontonian news station that has become the choice ‘background noise’ channel at my house. A news story broke about the killing of two men in a condominium somewhere in downtown Toronto. The headline darted across the screen in caps: MAN WANTED IN DOUBLE...

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The Moral Economy of Remittances Blog

It goes without saying, although in times like these it ought to be said, that remittances to Somalia and the Somali territories are vital to individual and communal sustenance. Remittances foster easily discernible links between the diaspora and the motherland and are easily quantifiable – although cold calculations of remittance contributions to the GDP fail to capture the scope of their relevance on the ground....

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A Brief Exploration of Somali Diasporic Identity Blog

For all intents and purposes, this piece centres around an ostensibly un-Somali topic: coffee shops. I love coffee. I daydream about coffee. I audibly squeal with joy when I taste a perfectly brewed cup. I could spend the equivalent of full working days in cafés and roasteries, relishing in the (expected) moment of returning home to sniff the faint odours of coffee beans that have married...

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