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Becoming Minnesotan: Somali Feed

Somalia has had a turbulent history through much of its history, and the political situation spiraled out of control in 1991 when the central government fell apart. As rebel factions began fighting to gain control all over the country, it became very dangerous for common people to live in the midst of the fighting. Starting in 1992, the U.S. began issuing refugee visas to thousands of Somalis. Many of them settled in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and many more moved here from other parts of the U.S. Today, Minnesota is home to the largest Somali population in the U.S., estimated to be over 60,000 in 2010.

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Wearing the hijab.

Somali: Maryan Del Maryan Del 8

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20 May 2010

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Many Somalis came from other states because there were jobs available here.

Somali: Hared Mah Hared Mah 4

19 May 2010

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We are expected to just leave, to start living.

Somali: Mohamed Jama Mohamed M. Jama 2

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I heard that Minnesota is a state that’s very welcoming.

Somali: Abdisalam Adam Abdisalam Adam 4

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I came to pursue my own happiness and to elevate my education.

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In danger of losing the Somali language.

Somali: Abdisalam Adam Abdisalam Adam 10

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I came with a student visa in 1991.

Somali: Abdisalam Adam Abdisalam Adam 3

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Immediately after 9-11, there were major challenges.

Somali: Abdisalam Adam Abdisalam Adam 5

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I grew up in a system where there is no government.

Somali: Hared Mah Hared Mah 1

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They have to make some accommodations.

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Maybe this is the right place for me to stay, because they have a lot of my people.

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Young people are not losing culture, but they are entwining with American culture.

Somali: Mohamed Jama Mohamed Jama 4

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We had no protection when we were in Kenya and we just had to survive.

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Many Minnesotans do know about Muslims - they have been very understanding.

Somali: Abdisalam Adam Abdisalam Adam 11

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