Interview for

Nimo Hashi

7/16/2019

Interviewed By:

Gabriela Rivera

Date Interviewed:

Audio Recording of Interview
00:00 / 35:47
Summary

Nimo Hashi, whose refugee status meant he spent most of his childhood moving around Somalia and Ethiopia, discusses immigrating to the U.S. as a child and having to support himself as a teenager living alone. Nimo speaks of his irreligion despite his parents’ Muslim faith and of the struggles of life among those who looked so different than he does.

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Narrator: Nimo Hashi


Summary: Nimo Hashi, whose refugee status meant he spent most of his childhood moving around Somalia and Ethiopia, discusses immigrating to the U.S. as a child and having to support himself as a teenager living alone. Nimo speaks of his irreligion despite his parents’ Muslim faith and of the struggles of life among those who looked so different than he does.

Topics: childhood, family, immigration process, education, language, cultural adjustment, religion, pandemic


Outline

Section 1: (00:00-12:02)

  • Childhood, Family - Born in Mogadishu, Somalia and raised in Ethiopia.

  • Family, Immigration Process - Moved across provinces and countries a lot due to refugee status

Section 2: (12:02-33:34)

  • Family - His mother passed away the year before the interview, but he couldn’t return for political reasons, so he could only be by her side virtually.

  • Financial Struggles - Lived alone from a young age and had to support himself as a teenager.

  • Education - Initially didn’t want to pursue higher education, but eventually became a chiropractor.

  • Education, Language - Excelled in other subjects, but he felt behind in English since it was his second language.

  • Childhood, Cultural Adjustment - Felt a mixture of emotions while coming to the US as a child.

  • Community, Cultural Adjustment - Looked and felt different from other Americans, including his cousins who had “blond hair, blue eyes.”

  • Family - His uncles in the US served as a “support family,” but largely he was alone

Section 3: (33:34-48:13)

  • Religion - His parents were Muslim and taught him about the religion, but he didn’t feel a connection to prayer and faith.

  • Attended Bible study in high school and went to church with his American aunt, but didn’t feel connected to this religion either.

  • He believes religion is a good thing and helps some people do good, but he can uphold values without it.

  • Pandemic - Ambiguity and skepticism of health regulations such as vaccination, social distancing, masking, etc.

  • Religion - Wonders whether other beings in the universe believe in human religions and says we should not judge people based on religion.