Title

Fleeing their war-torn country, Somalis come to Portland in search of peace, sta

Authors

Lacey Andrews

Source

Salt

Date

1-2001

Pages

72-87

Abstract

Fleeing their war-torn country, Somalis come to Portland in search of peace, stability, and a safe environment to raise children. A 1994 arrival, Khadija Suleiman, works at the Riverton Education Center, using her fluency in Somali and English. Former professor Ahmed Hassan, is a Somali elder who worked as a refugee case worker, and is an interpreter-coordinator with the schools. A visit to the home of Sharifa Mohammed, who has five children, reveals the complexities of navigating appointments, errands, work, school, and English classes without a car. Ibrahim Hirsi, another Somali elder, is returning to his teaching career and has strong views about maintaining his culture. Fowzia Abukar interprets during the day and works at the post office at night. Abdimajid Sharif runs an after school program for kids at the Riverton Housing Project and has become a go-to person for many Somalis in Portland.

Subjects

Refugees, Somalis in Portland

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