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'It's Very Powerful'

ISSUE 243
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Index
Headlines

Puntland’s Warlord
Insists On Going To Buhoodle

A Well Known Extremist Says Somaliland Should Join Islamic Courts

Awards & Celebrations At The Second Somaliland Convention

Somali Islamists Sending Envoys Abroad To Boost Image

Pakistani Militants Head For Somalia

U.S. Counterterrorism Work Stumbles In Somalia

Muslim World Protests At Pope's 'Derogatory' Mohamed Comments

Passport Scandal Exposes New Zealand Immigration

Regional Affairs

Convert From Islam To Christianity Killed

Western Agencies Waste Money In Somalia - Islamists

Deadly Smuggling Of Refugees From Somalia To Yemen Picks Up Pace, UN Agency Says

African Union Endorses Regional Peace Plan In Somalia

Editorial
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International News

US Accused Of Covert Operations In Somalia

Pope's Comments On Islam Spark Anger

The Republic Of Montenegro Joins WHO

'It's Very Powerful'

Where's The Terror?
Post-9/11 Prosecutions End With A Whimper

What The Democrats Don't Understand About The War On Terror

New Home For US Maasai Cattle

AFRICA INSIGHT: Draining The Swamps Of 'Homegrown Terrorism'

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Building Interdependence: Ethiopia And Somaliland

Somaliland's Plight

Pressing Ahead With A Controversial Peace Keeping Mission

The Horn Of Africa: The Path To Ruin

Thinkpiece
Stupid? Or Democratically Ignorant?

It Takes The Courage Of A Biblical David To Travel And Live In This Horn Of Africa Nation

Food for thought

Opinions

GAAHD-HAYE
Down Into The Deep Blue Sea

Disillusioned With The State Of Affairs In Somaliland?

Was Worth Going Another SORPI Conference

The Equation Of Mr. Arab Moi Will Not Be Compatible With Somaliland’s Inspirations

It Is No Easy Task Solving The Somalia Question

Abdiqasim And Ali Mahdi: One Is With The Courts’ Delegation, The Other Is A Target

Somalia: International Religious Freedom Report 2006

The Theory of Backwardness and Somalia/Somaliland Political Stage


A multimedia slide show studies Somali women's lives in America.

By Scott Taylor

LEWISTON, September 10, 2006 – Anthropologist Lacey Gale knew she had more than a promotional piece when she heard the recordings of Somali women talking about their lives in America.

"As we listened, we realized we had something that might help these people, and might give people a richer understanding of the women's lives," said Gale, a researcher at the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University.

Gale, photographer Kate Lapides and Fatuma Hussein of the United Somali Women of Maine hope to turn their 15-minute multimedia DVD into a training piece for English-language teachers.

The piece, "Being Somali in Lewiston: Fostering Community Dialogue through Image and Reflection," is a slide show of still photographs of Somali women from Lewiston with excerpts from recorded interviews.

"It's not meant to be a definitive study of the Somali community, but of these particular women and their families," Gale said.

She and Lapides began working on the presentation in June. It was originally meant to be a promotional piece for Hussein's organization, United Somali Women of Maine. It's a local resource center for Somali and Central African immigrants that offers job assistance, skills development and interpreting.

Gale and Lapides had made similar multimedia presentations before, creating one piece in Sierra Leone for the International Rescue Committee.

"It's very powerful," Gale said. "It's very compelling to hear the voices of these women, and I think it humanizes them in a way a standard funding proposal really cannot."

Gale said they finished work on a shorter promotional version of the program last week, but hope to have a longer version ready soon. It's scheduled to be presented Oct. 20 at a conference in Portland for English-language teachers.

"Maybe, after seeing this, English teachers will have a better understanding of these women's lives," Gale said.

One theme is what Americanization means to these women, Gale said. People come into the country with a sense that they can either assimilate and give up their individual identities or they can just stay apart in their own enclave.

"But these women learned that they never really can act the way they did back home," Gale said. "They have to adapt. And so, Americanization becomes taking the best of what you have and what is offered by the new culture and doing what you can."

Source: Sun Journal


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