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Ubax Mohamed, a presenter on Somali Voice radio

Ubax Mohamed from Somali Voice radio

Somali Week

Somali culture and arts is in the spotlight for one week from 25 October - get involved and let BBC London know your views

The Somali heritage of London stretches back as far as the First World War, when Somali seamen settled in the city after their service.

The seamen were among those who fought Oswald Moseley and his British Union of Fascists when they attempted to march on Cable Street in London's East End in 1936.

Somali refugees began arriving in large numbers to Britain in the late 1980s, mainly from Somaliland, as it fought for independence from Somalia. Today, Somalis are the second largest ethnic group in Tower Hamlets.

From 25 October to 30 October there will be a series of events across the country to celebrate and discuss issues affecting Somalis in the UK.

Oxford House, a cultural centre in Bethnal Green, is hosting a number of events and talks. Somali Voice Radio, the country's only Somali radio station, is also broadcasting through Sound Radio, 1503 AM, on Fridays at 6 to 7pm and 11pm-2am.

We want to hear your stories and views. Email the Newham and Tower Hamlets reporter, Angela Saini, at angela.saini@bbc.co.uk

During this week we're also interested in receiving pictures that sum up Somali Week for you. Your highlights and photos.

Tell other Londoners about the week's events and send pictures, along with a line or two about what they're showing to yourlondon@bbc.co.uk

last updated: 27/12/2007 at 12:31
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