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Marwa Ghazali, Speaker

Teaches anthropology at the University of Kansas with research interests in African Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies

African Refugee Stories—and Silence—in Kansas

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.

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