Interview for

Yusuf Farah

7/30/2019

Interviewed By:

Gabriela Rivera

Date Interviewed:

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00:00 / 12:41
Summary

Yusuf Farah describes his experience as a refugee from political instability in Somaliland, traveling through Africa and Saudi Arbia before coming to the U.S. to meet his family. He details his headache-inducing acculturation to the U.S. and his Muslim faith, speaking of the diversity he sees in his religious community in Boston.

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Narrator: Yusuf Farah

Date: July 10, 2020

Location: Roxbury, MA


Summary: Yusuf Farah describes his experience as a refugee from political instability in Somaliland, traveling through Africa and Saudi Arbia before coming to the U.S. to meet his family. He details his headache-inducing acculturation to the U.S. and his Muslim faith, speaking of the diversity he sees in his religious community in Boston.

Topics: Immigration Process, Cultural Adjustment, Religion, and Community


Outline

Section 1: (0:00-12:35)

  • Immigration Process: He is from Somaliland, and after the government collapsed in the civil war, he went to Saudi Arabia alone. Afterwards he went to Hargeia then another place in Africa [indecipherable], then got processed for refugee status and came to the US. His wife and daughter had first come to the US as refugees then sponsored him.

  • Cultural Adjustment: When he first came to the US, he used to have regular headaches because he didn’t understand what was going on around him (the language, the people, what’s written). His daughter is 25 at the time, and is said to be more Americanized, but he is fine with it.

  • Religion: He is Muslim, and has maintained the same level of practice as he did back home.

  • Community: The Muslim community in Boston is diverse, and was a change from back home where everyone was from the same culture.