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Proposal for writing “Somalis Dawn-Under"

A Book about the initial migration of the people of Somali origin into Australia

The students, the refugees, the migrants and their impacts to Australian communities

During the general annual meeting of the SCA, in 2018 the steering committee voted as a part of documenting the Somali migration history to collect early pioneers, photos and original documents.

As the current president of the Somali Cultural Association ... it is my intention to put a book together outlining the experiences of Somali Diaspora in Australia and record of the pioneers who made their home Australia before many Somalis even heard of existence of Australia. "the first 12 Somali Pioneers".

The process will include conducting interviews, first of all with the early arrivals; migrants from 1975 to 1983 who came for either education and work opportunities, followed by interviews with refugees from the late1980's and early 1990’s onwards.

Included in the information I intend to assemble, will be the plight of many refugees who fled war-torn Somalia at the height of the war. The stories of their flight are often tragic as in the case of two Somali women who fled three to four thousand kilometres on foot, under constant threat, though jungles and hostile adjoining countries. During their desperate flight they both lost their husbands and some of the children. Eventually they found shelter in a Nairobi Refugee Camp eventually being granted entry to Australia. A point of interest to be explored in the book is why they chose Australia.

Other interviews will cover family reunion settlement, and every effort will be made to collect the earliest photos and records of Somali refugees

The intention of the book is not so much to look at the reasons for migration to Australia but rather to look at the integration problems experienced by refugees due to different values and cultures. We will explore the perception refugees had of Australia before they came here and how the experience has measured up to their hopes and dreams.

Unfortunately refugees do not always settle as they had hoped, Teachers, Doctors, lawyer, commercial Airline pilots and other highly educated migrants have found themselves driving taxis and engaged in other menial work. Others have turned to criminal pursuits and are incarcerated. Despite much very successful integration and entrepreneur success stories, there are those with unfulfilled dreams not yet realised. The book will explore all these aspects of Somali migrants and refugee settlement and attempt to draw up some recommendations for Service Bodies and the emerging community of Somalis.

A.A Ibrahim: a published author, to write the content of this important record of "Somalis Down Under". http://www.somaliculture.org.au

Considered candidates for the initial interview:

  1. Abdullahi Ayaanle (VIC)

  2. Fuad Jama (VIC)

  3. Mohamed A. Ibrahim (VIC)

  4. Mohamed Bakhid (NSW) now lives in QLD

  5. Makko Mohamed - now lives in VIC

  6. Ahmed Tohow (NSW) now lives in VIC

  7. Jabir Ali (NSW) now lives in VIC

  8. Dr. Ali (NSW)

  9. Salaad Ali Ibrahim Atoosh (NSW) now lives in VIC

  10. Abdullahi Ahmed “Buule” (NSW) now lives in VIC

  11. Mohamed “Sydney” (NSW) now lives in VIC

  12. Shukri Ali (Robinvale, VIC)

Yours respectfully,

A. Aden Ibrahim
B.Sc. (Eng. Civil), Msc. (Comp. Sc. ) Grad. Dip (Edu), MBA
Somali Cultural Association
Mobile:0438954809

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