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Somali Culture

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A Somali man

Somali History

Historical and political activity from 600s until today in Somalia has led its community to leave their home land to various different countries across the world - including Leicester.

Over the years Somalia has gone through war and government refinement. The community has spread to Ethiopia and Kenya in Africa and into Europe within the last 10 years.

Listen to our History Part One to find out how the country struggled to gain independence...

Take a look at our Somali map and timeline to discover which seven countries occupied land in Somalia between 600’s to 1941.

After 1991

The on-going civil war in Somalia was the catalyst for the community fleeing Somalia. Especially In 1991 the government of Dictator Siad Barre fell and the country descended into lawlessness. It has had no effective government nor administration since.

Many travelled far and wide and gained asylum in Holland, Denmark , Sweden and the UK, where they gained EU national status over a number of years.

The migration into Europe means many young Somalis wee born and raised as Europeans.

Listen to our History Part Two to find out what the future may hold for Somalia and its people...

Go back in time to discover what it was like during 1991.

last updated: 16/04/2008 at 14:05
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