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17 Essays from Britain's Somali Disapora:

Arkbound is proud to be working on a publication that will be a first for Britain and the world: a comprehensive publication that aims at telling the story of Britain's Somali community. The book's aim is to highlight the overlooked elements that make up the Somali community in these isles: the food, the solidarity, the normative piety, and much more. The Somali community has been in Britain since the late 19th century when they arrived as lascars and merchants. Today in Britain, the last recorded number of Somali-born citizens was estimated to be 100,000, with the 2021 census likely to produce a number much higher. The majority of Somali-born residents in the UK today have fled civil war and/or constitute asylum seekers/refugees, however their representation has been limited. Our book aims to tackle this, and create a ripple with everlasting effects thereafter.

We are coproducing the publication with founder of the charity Autism Independence, Nura Aabe, and other prominent names in the community such as the Mayor of Islington, Cllr Rahkia Ismail. So as to be comprehensive, however, we're also reaching out to and supporting  Somali communities across the country too. 

If you would like to know more about this project or have something you might like to contribute please contact - henry@arkfound.org

 

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