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African Refugee Stories - and Silence - in Kansas

Date and Time: October 10, 2019, 7:00 PM CT

Location: MidAmerica Nazarene University, 2030 E College Way, Olathe
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Presented by Marwa Ghazali

The Bantu people of Somalia are an ethnic minority who were forced to leave their lands during the Somali Civil War. In 1999, the U.S. State Department made it a priority to resettle these refugees in America. Today, many Somali Bantu call Kansas City home. Just as it is across the African continent, stories are an important part of Bantu oral histories and identity. But what happens to vulnerable and marginalized communities when stories are interrupted, silenced, or forgotten? Through the power of stories and their erasure, this presentation explores the struggles of Somali Bantu in Kansas City to "live again" and to redefine themselves collectively in the aftermath of violence, exclusion, and resettlement.

Sponsored by: MidAmerica Nazarene University

For more information about this event, please contact:
Addison Lucchi
(913) 971-3567


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