The Somali Diaspora

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"Since 2003, Abdi Roble and Doug Rutledge have been documenting the lives of Somali immigrants in the United States and of the people forced into the vast refugee camps that were set up in Kenya in the wake of the 1991 civil war in Somalia. In The Somali Diaspora, Roble, who immigrated to the United States from Somalia in 1989, and Rutledge trace the journey of a family from the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, home to more than 150,000 Somalis, to new lives in the United States." The story of the Somali diaspora as told through Ruble's intimate photographs and Rutledge's insightful essays is extraordinary and inspiring. Together they take readers from civil war in Africa to the culture shock of arriving in the United States, growing roots in the Somali community, learning English, finding work, and - in a remarkably short time - participating fully in American life while sustaining a faith in Islam and a distinct cultural identity.
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"The Somali Diaspora is remarkable in its ambition; it is a necessary book, very much worth reading and buying, and an important addition to the work done on the Somali presence in North America." —Nuruddin Farah, author of Knots and Maps

"Having traveled many of the steps of the Somali diaspora, Abdi Roble always photographs what he knows and cares deeply about, making these photographs as much autobiography as photojournalistic narrative. The Somali Diaspora deftly chronicles the almost irreconcilably odd collision of cultures that emerges out of relocation, but with hope and sympathy throughout. It also performs the important job of making Minnesotans, and Americans at large, look at and take stock of the society we’ve created that they seek as refuge." —George Slade, artistic director, Minnesota Center for Photography

"Opening The Somali Diaspora is like finding a hidden doorway into the lives and experiences of Somali immigrants to the United States. This book will serve to give us all a deeper sense of connection to anyone whom we may come to call ‘neighbor’ and ‘fellow citizen.’" —Omar Jamal, executive director, Somali Justice Advocacy Center

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816654574
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 9/26/2008
  • Series: Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

The Somali Documentary Project: How It All Began

The Somali Diaspora in America 1

Dadaab: That Dry, Hungry Place 21

From Refugee to Dependent: The Family of Abdisalam 53

Columbus, Ohio: Preparing for American Life 95

Minneapolis: Participation in the Mogadishu on the Mississippi 135

The Future: Hope for the Somali Diaspora 181

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