African Refugee Stories - and Silence - in Kansas

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April 28, 2017, 2:00 PM CT

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? This talk examines speech and silence in the development of Somali Bantu identity in Wyandotte County. 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.

Ashland Library
PO Box 397
Ashland, KS 67831-0397
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Sponsored by: Ashland Library

For more information about this event, please contact:
Cara Vanderree
(620) 635-2589